Compare Colace vs. Fibercon

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Colace (docusate)

Over-the-counter
Softens your stools.

Colace (docusate) softens the stool, but may not stimulate a bowel movement as quickly as a laxative.

4.9/ 7 average rating with 125 reviewsforColace
Helps get things moving.

Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil) is a natural fiber laxative that's safe enough to take during pregnancy. Just make sure you take it with plenty of liquid.

4.0/ 7 average rating with 80 reviewsforFibercon
Upsides
  • Safer than laxatives.
  • Available over-the-counter.
  • Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
  • Some people felt Fibercon was a hassle but still worth it.
  • It's safe to use short-term during pregnancy and breast-feeding as long as you take it with plenty of liquid, but you should still check with your baby doctor first.
  • Less gas and bloating compared to psyllium laxative products.
Downsides
  • May take up to 5 days for the full effects to kick in.
  • Intended to be used only as a short-term solution for occasional constipation. Other options such as fiber supplements may be more useful for maintaining regular bowel movements.
  • You may have to take Fibercon daily for 1-3 days to see full effects.
  • If you don't take it with enough liquid, it could swell and block your throat and cause choking.
  • Not the best choice for people who have swallowing problems or aren't able to drink lots of liquids.
  • Can cause heartburn, gas, and belly cramps.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Enema
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Reviews
125 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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80 
45%
think this treatment is worth it
28%
think this treatment works well
21%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Colace (docusate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
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  • Drug interactions

    Taking with calcium supplements

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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