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I have a history of constipation, hard stools. I recently

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I have a history of constipation, hard stools. I recently began drinking Metamucil 3x a day as directed on package. My stools have been soft, feathery looking with orange and yellow areas. Should I be concerned or could this be from the Metamucil?


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This is most likely from the Metamucil which contains dyes that can discolor feces. Also when feces comes through the digestive system more quickly that it was once accustomed to, the color of the bilirubin (a normal component) doesn't have a complete chance to develop into the darker brown color of feces. It can be anywhere from yellow to pale green.

It isn't anything to be concerned about. I'm happy to hear you've found something to control the constipation.

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thanks! That is very reassuring to read!

You're so very welcome!


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