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A friend of mine was taking the supplement Metamucil and on the container it says to take in an "upright position." Why would this be necessary? Doesn't your digestive system push food/liquid downwards anyways?

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  • $\begingroup$ Maybe you digest poorly when lying down, as compared to when upright. Is that not why "they" say to walk around a bit after eating a large meal and suffering from indigestion? $\endgroup$
    – Ro Siv
    May 31, 2016 at 22:41

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Metamucil is taken as a drink. You're more likely to aspirate versus swallow when drinking supine if you're ill with impaired swallowing reflexes.

It's also recommended that you take bisphophonates standing up so that gravity, and a glass of water, make sure the drug passes into the stomach. It can be highly corrosive if it gets stuck in the esophagus.

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