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Methylcellulose is used in the treatment of constipation

How it works

Methylcellulose absorbs water and makes the stool soft and bulky, easier to pass.

Common side effects

Bloating, Abdominal distension

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Together with Methylcellulose, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • Avoid taking a Methylcellulose for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 
  • Take Methylcellulose after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • A Methylcellulose should be preferably taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.
  • Do not try to swallow Methylcellulose in the dry form. It should be taken with full glass  of water or fruit juice.

Frequently asked questions



Does hydroxypropyl methylcellulose contain soy?
No, it doesn't contain soy


Is methylcellulose natural and gluten free?
Yes, it is natural and gluten free


Is methylcellulose soluble or insoluble?
Methylcellulose is insoluble

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Does methylcellulose reduce cholesterol?
No, it doesn't reduce cholesterol.

Content on this page was last updated on 20 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)