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  • Due to the inactivity, I later on developed a problem regarding my bowel elimination
  • I bought the 2 gram sugar-free orange flavour

    • by Penny

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      I had been confined to my bed for several months due to a crushed bone in my right leg. The orthopaedic doctors placed me on what is called as a balance skeletal traction to promote alignment, relieve pain and to decrease the inflammation. I was involved in a car accident that almost killed me. Fortunately, that was the only broken bone that I suffered from. Due to the inactivity, I later on developed a problem regarding my bowel elimination. This was because of the lack of movement and exercise needed by my body to make the intestines work properly. I told my doctors about this and was prescribed with Methylcellulose (Citrucel).


      (Citrucel) is a bulk-forming laxative that absorbs water and expands to increase bulk and moisture content of the stools. This then leads to increased peristalsis and bowel movement. This drug is available as a powder form. I bought the 2 gram sugar-free orange flavour. It came in a plastic bottle with an orange cap. The brand name is clearly visible in front. I am aware that this brand comes in different flavours like chocolate and can also be prepared like a smoothie! I bought Citrucel for $10 in a pharmacy and didn’t require a prescription.

      Since Methylcellulose (Citrucel) was in powder form, I had to mix it with 240 ml juice ...

      • of my liking. The powder was granular and sandy. I pinched a little of the powder and tasted it. It was grainy and gritty. It smelled like fresh squeezed lime. It had a citrusy taste even though it was sugar-free. As I guzzled the juice with Citrucel, I could still feel the coarseness of the powder in my throat. I had to follow another glass of water to flush it down. The relief was not instant however. I had to patiently wait 12 hours before I felt the rumble in my abdomen. I tried to supress the feeling until I couldn’t bear it any longer. I asked a bed pan from
        my mom and sat on it. I couldn’t get off the bed since I was attached to this hideous traction. Getting up and walking to the bathroom was obviously impossible. Nevertheless, I expelled the wastes without having to exert too much force. After that, I was completely relieved. I exhaled a sigh of easiness. I continued to use this laxative every time I was feeling constipated. Every time I use this laxative, I would have this cramping pain in my abdomen the next day. Reading through the leaflet that came with the bottle, this was indicated as a minor side effect and that I shouldn’t be alarmed. I therefore give Methylcellulose (Citrucel) a 9.

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