Thickening and Slowing Suggestions

As always in this group, these are my personal suggestions, based on personal use.  They are NOT  to be mistaken for medical advice.

I shop a lot from the dollar-type stores.  I use generic whenever I can find it, but sometimes I’ll give name-brands so to make things easier to find…

Metamucil CAPSULES (the hard pills do not work for me).  At Dollar General, these are named “Natural Fiber”. The medical name is “Psylium husk fiber”.  I take (4) of them, (4) times per day, but you may need less.  BE CAREFUL when trying new stuff to thicken your output!  You don’t want to constipate yourself.  I realize some of us were told in the past not to eat too much fiber – It is different for us when we have an ostomy.  The fiber in Metamucil capsules causes our output to THICKEN and slow down.

Loperamide Hydrochloride tablets (2 mg).  The Equate rand of these is called “Anti-Diarrheal”.  I take (2) of them, (4) times per day, but you may need less.  BE CAREFUL when trying new stuff to thicken your output!  You don’t want to constipate yourself.

BRAT Diet –

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Toast

Pectin (used for making jelly) can be found in the canning section of the grocery store.  It is an unflavored powder, and can be sprinkled into your food.  Just as it thickens fruit to make jelly, it may be useful in thickening your output.

Last – this is a PRESCRIPTION from my doctor – you cannot purchase Gattex over the counter.  It is a sub-Q injection made for slowing the output in patients with Short Gut.  You might talk with your doctor about it if you thick it may be helpful to you…

IF YOUR OUTPUT IS LIQUID, it’s equivalent to having diarrhea.  Eat things that would normally treat diarrhea or things that might be known to cause constipation.  But, again, BE CAREFUL when trying new stuff to thicken your output!  You don’t want to actually constipate yourself.

WHEN YOUR OUTPUT IS LIQUID, you are MUCH more likely to become dehydrated.

  • Drink LOTS of fluids
    • Pedialyte
    • Gatorade – not so much Powerade as it has more sugar, and sugar causes THIN, LIQUID output.
  • Eat more salt

When my output is doing better at thickening, I sometimes experience more gas/air in my bag.  I take (2) generic GasX (4) times per day.