• Methyl cellulose (or methylcellulose) is a chemical compound derived from cellulose.



  • Used as a Thickener
  • As an emulsifier in various food and cosmetic products
  • As a treatment of constipation


  • Methylcellulose is used to relieve constipation (difficulty with bowel movements).
  • It is a type of substance called a hydrophilic (water-loving) colloid which absorbs water to form a soft gel, acting as a bulk-forming laxative.
  • It is used to relieve constipation by absorbing large quantities of water in the gut and so increasing the volume of the faeces. This has the effect of stimulating the muscles of the bowels to work and push the faeces out.
  • In general this drug is used to relieve constipation by increasing the volume of faeces, but it is also used to soften hard faeces. Another less common use of this medication is in the treatment of obesity in conjunction with other measures (it may reduce food intake by making people feel full-up).
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include regular bowel movements and softening of hard stools.


  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: stomach/intestinal blockage, difficulty swallowing, appendicitis or symptoms of appendicitis (such as nausea/vomiting, sudden or unexplained stomach/abdominal pain), a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts for longer than 2 weeks, bleeding from the rectum.


We currently have no information for Methylcellulose Interactions. Please talk to your doctor. To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product.

Other Names

Methyl Cellulose, Citrucel, Citrucel SF, Citrucel Food Pack, Citrucel Clear Mix


Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methyl_cellulose

WebMD, http://drugs.webmd.boots.com/drugs/drug-302-Methylcellulose.aspx





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