Compare Fibercon vs. senna

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

Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)

Over-the-counter

Senokot (senna)

Over-the-counter
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
Relieves occasional constipation.

Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective for occasional constipation, but it can't be used as a long-term treatment.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 69 reviewsforsenna
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Senokot (senna) is tolerated well and has few side effects.
  • Approved for children as young as 2 years old.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Using Senokot (senna) often or for a long period of time can increase the risk of dehydration, especially if you are older or also taking diuretics.
  • Might take a few days to work which is slower than some of its alternatives.
  • Can only be used as a short-term treatment.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
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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69 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
35%
think this treatment works well
10%
think this treatment is a hassle

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