What is Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets) used for?
Citrucel® is commonly used for treating hard stools (constipation). It is used to raise fiber in the diet.
How should I take Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets)?
Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
Mix with a full glass (at least 8 ounces or 240 mL) of cold water or milk. Stir well for 15 seconds or mix in a blender or shaker, then drink.
Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
If you do not take Citrucel® with lots of liquid, it may swell and block your throat, which may cause choking. Do not take this medicine if you have trouble swallowing. If you have chest pain, throwing up, or trouble swallowing or breathing after taking Citrucel®, get help right away.
Drink lots of non-caffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
How do I store Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets)?
Citrucel® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Citrucel® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Citrucel® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Citrucel® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Citrucel® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have any of these health problems: Bowel block, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting >2 weeks.
- You have trouble swallowing.
Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
Do not use Citrucel® for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.
Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.
If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine, talk with your doctor.
If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Citrucel while you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Citrucel® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Citrucel®. Citrucel® is pregnancy risk category N, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets)?
Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Very loose stools (diarrhea)
- Very bad belly pain
- Chest pain
- Throwing up
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets)?
Citrucel® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets)?
Citrucel® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets)?
Citrucel® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets).
What is the dose of Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets) for an adult?
CITRUCEL® Orange – Powder
Adults & children 12 years of age and over: start with 1 heaping tablespoon. Increase as needed, 1 heaping tablespoon at a time, up to 3 times per day.
Children 6 – 11 years of age: start with 2.5 level teaspoons. Increase as needed, 2.5 level teaspoons at a time, up to 3 times per day.
Children under 6 years of age: consult a physician.
CITRUCEL® Sugar Free – Powder
Adults & children 12 years of age and over: start with 1 rounded tablespoon. Increase as needed, 1 rounded tablespoon at a time, up to 3 times per day.
Children 6 – 11 years of age: start with 2 level teaspoons. Increase as needed, 2 level teaspoons at a time, up to 3 times per day.
Children under 6 years of age: consult a physician.
Adults & children 12 years of age and over: start with 2 caplets. Increase as needed up to 6 times per day. Maximum Dose: do not exceed 12 caplets per day.
Children 6 – 11 years of age: start with 1 caplet. Increase as needed up to 6 times per day. Maximum Dose: do not exceed 6 caplets per day.
Children under 6 years of age consult a physician.
What is the dose of Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets) available?
Citrucel® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Powder, for solution: methylcellulose (4000 cps) 2g in 19g
- Tablet: methylcellulose (4000 cps) 500mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Citrucel® (methylcellulose powder and powder packets), take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Citrucel®. https://www.drugs.com/cdi/citrucel-methylcellulose-powder-and-powder-packets.html. Accessed October 12, 2017
Citrucel®. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6149/citrucel-sucrose-oral/details. Accessed October 12, 2017
Review Date: October 12, 2017 | Last Modified: October 12, 2017