Fiber Fix for Post-Cholecystectomy Loose Stools

June 9, 2009

Patients who have had a cholecystectomy may have loose stools for several weeks or months. Over-the-counter and prescription antidiarrheals can provide temporary relief but can be costly and may produce constipation. Instead, try prescribing fiber therapy with methylcellulose (two 500-mg tablets daily or bid).

Patients who have had a cholecystectomy may have loose stools for several weeks or months. Over-the-counter and prescription antidiarrheals can provide temporary relief but can be costly and may produce constipation. Instead, try prescribing fiber therapy with methylcellulose (two 500-mg tablets daily or bid).
        -- Louisa Leano Dowling, ARNP-C
                Tallahassee, Fla

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