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Methylcellulose (Citrucel)

Also known as Citrucel

Methyl cellulose (or methylcellulose) is a chemical compound derived from cellulose. It is a hydrophilic white powder in pure form and dissolves in cold (but not in hot) water, forming a clear viscous solution or gel. It is sold under a variety of trade names and is used as a thickener and emulsifier in various food and cosmetic products, and also as a treatment of constipation. Like cellulose, it is not digestible, not toxic, and not an allergen.

Source: Wikipedia

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed methylcellulose to treat hemorrhoids, pain of the anus, burning abdominal pain, and rectal bleeding.

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