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Hi,
I have ocd (social anxiety disorder and depression). A couple of years ago?? I was prescribed sertraline(zoloft). And for a little while my digestive system had to adjust. And it did for the most part. But my problem lies with when I diet and also when I drink alot of liquids without eating before drinking alot of liquids. If I forget to eat for awhile or I was depressed and slept along time without eating it happens.so to help with dieting to prevent diherea I got psylium husk powder is this safe to take long term? Even with taking one teaspoon a day helps.also I see that the reason the say to drink with 8oz is to prevent choking can it be mixed with things other than water like yogurt or something to make it go down easier?

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Hi,

I would only mix the Metamucil (psyllium husk powder) with water.  They are available in fiber capsule form as well.

I would not take psyllium long term unless a doctor said it is OK.  If your digestive system needs help, take zoloft with crackers or bread.  Probiotics might help, such as over the counter Acidophilus capsules.

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Being a pharmacist, I can answer questions on medications. This includes how drugs work in the body, drug interactions, drug side effects, warnings and precautions to take when using certain medications, dosage forms and strengths, management of overdosing, storage of medications, drug administration, contraindications, and drug indications. I am able to guide them on lab work that needs to be drawn and monitored while on certain medications. I am able to help patients save money when purchasing medications by directing them to cost-effective therapies. I am able to answer questions on federal laws governing pharmacy practice in the United States. I am unable to answer questions legally as if I am diagnosing the patient's disease or illness. For example, if a patient stated he had upper flank pain, I am unable to say he definitely has a urinary tract infection. However, I am able to direct the patient to the correct next step, which is to call his physician with such a side effect.

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I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007, holding licenses in CT and MA. I have a PHARM.D from an accelerated pharmacy school program. Currently, I work at the Hebrew Home and Hospital in West Hartford, CT as a pharmacist. I am a well-rounded pharmacist, with experience in long-term care, IV home infusion, retail, hospital, and hospice. I serve as the pharmacy unit coordinator for Mass Dispensing Area #31 in CT, where I am called upon as a volunteer pharmacist in case of public emergencies, such as anthrax threats. I helped run the swine flu vaccine clinic in 2009. I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmacy Today, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association. My position on the board runs for three years. Every month I make suggestions and offer ideas that would help improve the magazine. I have undergone extra training to administer vaccines to patients, which is training that only a certain percentage of registered pharmacists in the country have.

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American Pharmacists Association 2007

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA- PHARM.D 2007 University of California, Irvine- BA psychology 2001 cum laude

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