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Equalactin, ever hear of or use it for IBS?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

A friend of mine swears by this stuff, Equalactin, its actually a laxative, but on the box it clearly says its for Nervous stomach and used for IBS to restore the water balance in the bowels to combat both loose bowels and constipation.

She said she was at the state of constant dirreaha and her Gastro dr. recommended it, take 1, 2xs a day for two weeks then back down to 1 day for a week then only when she gets nervous tummy or going out to eat. She started thriving and went back up from 100 lbs to her normal 115 in those three weeks.

I know her well so I know it worked for her, but wondering if anyone else has tried it and had positive results?

(it appears to be mostly calcium)

Edit: Question: so what does the active ingredient do that makes it work both ways? 625mg calcium polycarbonphil

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on June 24, 2012
at 12:05 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbophil_calcium Looks like its because its swelling..

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on June 19, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I was going to say that Metamucil does the same thing but I see that it has a lot of other junk in it. Benefiber caplets and sugar-free Citrucel seem to be ok though. Citrucel is cheaper than Equalactin oz for oz on Amazon.

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on June 19, 2012
at 09:08 PM

she said make sure to drink a large glass of water with each tablet you take....

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on June 19, 2012
at 08:49 PM

sounds interesting, i just placed an order.

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on June 19, 2012
at 04:52 PM

I honestly don't know. I think I generally took 2 capsules per day. And the ones I took indicate 625 mg calcium polycarbophyll per capsule.

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on June 19, 2012
at 04:07 PM

thanks Kelly, did you take the same amount?

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:52 PM

she has IBS, but I'm more interested in knowing experiences with the product...it worked for her, I'm just curious!

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on June 19, 2012
at 02:47 PM

It's just a form of soluble fiber. It works both ways because it acts like a sponge in your intestines. Either retaining water (if you're constipated) or absborbing water (if you tend to have diarrhea).

Before I went gluten-free and my intestines were all out of whack, I took a generic equivalent. It was the only fiber supplement that seemed to help a little and not make my ibs worse.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on June 19, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I was going to say that Metamucil does the same thing but I see that it has a lot of other junk in it. Benefiber caplets and sugar-free Citrucel seem to be ok though. Citrucel is cheaper than Equalactin oz for oz on Amazon.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 04:52 PM

I honestly don't know. I think I generally took 2 capsules per day. And the ones I took indicate 625 mg calcium polycarbophyll per capsule.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on June 19, 2012
at 04:07 PM

thanks Kelly, did you take the same amount?

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:37 PM

If someones stomach problems are purely because of nervousness (which seems somewhat unlikely/rare), surely a relaxation technique would make more sense....? Just my 2c..

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:52 PM

she has IBS, but I'm more interested in knowing experiences with the product...it worked for her, I'm just curious!

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on June 24, 2012
at 12:05 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbophil_calcium Looks like its because its swelling..

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