METAMUCIL FAQS

What does it mean to feel lighter with Metamucil?
Metamucil works naturally with your body to trap and remove the waste that weighs you down.* Metamucil users describe feeling lighter after three weeks of taking it each day.

What is Meta? Is Metamucil® the same product I've been taking, or has it changed?
Metamucil has a new look, but is still the same great fiber supplement that you’ve come to know. We updated our packaging across all Metamucil products and added a new claim on Metamucil Powders—helps you feel less hungry between meals.* Metamucil provides you with all the following healthful benefits:

  • Helps you feel less hungry between meals* (Metamucil Powders Only)
  • Helps lower cholesterol to promote heart health
  • Promotes digestive health*
  • Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet*

You will also notice we updated our usage instructions. Please reference the back of the product for instructions for use.

What does natural psyllium mean?
Metamucil contains psyllium husk, a natural dietary fiber originating from Plantago ovata, which promotes digestive health,* helps lower blood cholesterol levels to promote heart health, and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet.*

Some products like Meta Thins also contain other sources of fiber but still have 100% natural psyllium fiber too.

What is the difference between Smooth Texture and Coarse Milled Original Texture?
Metamucil Smooth Fiber Supplement Powder is ground into finer particles than Metamucil Coarse Fiber Supplement Powder. Because of individual taste differences, you may prefer either Metamucil Smooth products or the Metamucil Coarse products.

What is maltodextrin?
The maltodextrin in Metamucil is a carbohydrate derived from cornstarch and it is used to improve texture and aid in mixing.

What does gluten free mean?
According to the FDA, gluten free means that the product does not contain any ingredient derived from the grains wheat, rye, or barley, and that it contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten.

What is a low glycemic index?
When carbohydrates are digested, glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream. The slower the carbohydrate is digested, the slower the glucose appears in the blood—resulting in a low glycemic index rating. Different foods and products have different glycemic index ratings. Products with a low glycemic index have a relatively low impact on blood sugar levels, making them a good addition to any healthy diet. Metamucil Powders and Metamucil Fiber Capsules have a low glycemic index.

Have Metamucil Capsules changed? Why does the label now say “One serving of Metamucil has 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber” when it used to say 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber?
Metamucil Capsules have not changed. One serving of Metamucil MultiHealth capsules now contains 1.8 grams of soluble fiber. Previously the label stated one serving has 2.4 grams of soluble fiber. This was updated to reflect the serving size change from 6 capsules per serving to 5 capsules per serving and makes the serving size the same as the Metamucil Fiber Capsules Plus Calcium.

I've noticed the drug facts are gone from the product; will Metamucil still provide relief from constipation?
The Metamucil product is the same, and Metamucil can still be used for relief of occasional constipation (irregularity) and to help promote and maintain regularity.

How does Metamucil help me feel fuller longer between meals?
Metamucil MultiHealth fiber powder thickens and forms a gel, slowing digestion and absorption which aids in the sensation of fullness, allowing you to feel less hungry between meals.*

Is there any scientific or medical evidence for the heart health claim?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed extensive scientific data including numerous clinical studies to determine that psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may help lower cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease when part of a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.

Do the capsules or capsules + calcium provide the “helps you feel less hungry between meals” benefit?
The Metamucil capsules do provide the same benefits as the powder; however the dosage for the “helps you feel less hungry between meals” benefit is not a realistic serving size for most individuals, so we recommend you use powder forms to achieve this benefit.

Why should I talk to my doctor before I take Metamucil to lower cholesterol or to maintain healthy blood sugar levels?
We recommend that you contact your doctor before using Metamucil as part of a diet to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering cholesterol or to maintain your healthy blood sugar levels. There are many factors that your doctor will need to consider, including your health, medical and family history, lifestyle, other medication, and other risk factors. Your doctor is the best one to advise you.Also, consider bulk-forming fibers like psyllium husk may affect how well medicines work. Take Metamucil at least 2 hours before or after medicines.

Occasionally, I get an upset stomach from eating too much of my favorite foods. Is there a product you suggest for me?
For relief of occasional upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, and indigestion due to overindulgence in food and drink, and diarrhea, try Pepto-Bismol. Available in liquid form, chewable tablets, and caplets. Use as directed.

Why have the drug facts / drug information been removed?
Metamucil MultiHealth Fiber is a daily fiber supplement. The label information has been updated to be consistent with fiber supplement labeling and the drug facts and drug warnings have been removed on most versions. There are 4 Metamucil products that retained the drug facts as a fiber therapy for regularity. These include the Metamucil Orange Powder 30 count singles (Sugar and Sugar-Free versions) and the Metamucil Orange Powder 20.3 oz. (Sugar and Sugar-Free versions).

Why is the serving size different for Sugar and Sugar Free Powders?
Serving size amounts differ by version because the sweeteners and flavorings used in each Metamucil product vary in volume.

Is it OK to take Metamucil with food? Should I take it before or after meals?
Any time of day is appropriate to take Metamucil as long as an adequate intake of fluids (at least 8 ounces of water or liquid per serving) is consumed. We recommend taking Metamucil three times per day at mealtimes as a convenient way to get the benefits of Metamucil. However, if you're taking Metamucil to help you feel less hungry between meals,* you should take it before eating.Bulk-forming fibers like psyllium husk, may affect how well medicines work. Take this product at least 2 hours before or after medicines. Our powdered product must be mixed with liquids, not taken in its dry form. Capsules should be taken one at a time; we do not recommend dissolving them in water. Please take Metamucil with at least 8 ounces of liquid, as indicated. For Metamucil Fiber Capsules and Capsules Plus Calcium, we recommend taking them four times per day with at least 8 ounces of liquid, as indicated.

Is it OK to use Metamucil every day?

As a dietary fiber supplement:
Metamucil can be taken every day up to three times per day as a dietary fiber supplement. If you are considering use of Metamucil as part of a cholesterol-lowering program† or to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet,* please consult a doctor before using.

For digestive health:
Metamucil can be used for occasional constipation and to promote and maintain regularity. If your constipation persists beyond seven days, consult a doctor because it may be a sign of a more serious condition.

Bulk-forming fibers like psyllium husk, may affect how well medicines work. Take this product at least 2 hours before or after medicines.

Can Metamucil be used past the expiration date?
If your Metamucil has expired, please don't use it. The expiration date is on Metamucil because we have research to show that the ingredients are stable until the expiration date, if stored according to label instructions. Please discard any expired product in your trash can. Do not pour Metamucil down your drain.

Why have the children’s dosing directions been removed? Can I still use for my child?
Metamucil is now labeled primarily as a dietary supplement, which is not recommended for daily use for children under 12. For relief of occasional constipation (irregularity) for children under 12, dosing directions are provided below:

Metamucil Fiber Powder: Children 6-11 years: 1/2 adult dose in 8 oz. of liquid, up to 3 times daily Children under 6 years: Consult a doctor

Can I add Metamucil Powder to my coffee or hot tea?
No, adding Metamucil to hot beverages causes it to gel more rapidly. We recommend adding Metamucil to cool or cold liquids.


*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.

†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Metamucil capsules has at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.

**Survey of 291 adults who self-reported that they felt lighter and more energetic after completing the Metamucil Two Week Challenge.

^P&G calculation based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its ScanTrack Service for the Digestive Health category for the 52-week period ending 04/27/19, for the total U.S. market, xAOC, according to the P&G custom product hierarchy. Copyright © 2019, The Nielsen Company.