Citrucel [OTC]; Soluble Fiber Therapy [OTC]
- It is used to treat hard stools (constipation).
- It is used to raise fiber in the diet.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has any of these health problems: Bowel block, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting longer than 2 weeks.
- If your child has trouble swallowing.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not give this drug for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your child’s doctor.
- Do not give other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by your child’s doctor.
- If your child has rectal bleeding or does not have a bowel movement after using this drug, talk with your child’s doctor.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- If your child has phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your child’s doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
- 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.
- Belly pain.
- 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.
- Give this drug with a full glass of water.
- Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- If you do not give this drug with lots of liquid, it may swell and block your child’s throat, which may cause choking. Do not give this drug if your child has trouble swallowing. If your child has chest pain, throwing up, or trouble swallowing or breathing after taking this drug, get help right away.
- Have your child drink lots of noncaffeine liquids every day unless told to drink less liquid by your child’s doctor.
- If your child takes this drug on a regular basis, give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times this drug is given on an as needed basis. Do not give to your child more often than told by the doctor.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.