Methylcellulose is used to treat constipation and restore intestinal regularity.


What is Methylcellulose?

Methylcellulose is a laxative that works by absorbing water in the intestine. In this way, it stimulates the formation of stools that are easier to eliminate.


How should Methylcellulose be taken?

Methylcellulose is typically administered orally in the form of tablets or powder to be dissolved in water. Taking this medication should be done 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking any other medications.


Side effects associated with Methylcellulose

Methylcellulose can cause a feeling of abdominal bloating.


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Methylcellulose

Methylcellulose can take anywhere from 12 hours to 3 days in order to fully take effect. In the meantime, it is vital not to take laxatives or other similar products, unless medically prescribed by a doctor. If the problem does not improve within a week, it is necessary to contact a medical professional.  


Methylcellulose should not be taken in case of appendicitis, difficulty swallowing, intestinal blockage, severe constipation or rectal bleeding from unknown causes.


Before starting treatment with methylcellulose, it  is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, or any other drugs or food
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or intestinal blockages
  • You are suffering from sudden changes in intestinal functionality that last for more than 2 weeks
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding