Compare Fibercon vs. Senna-S

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

Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)

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
Helps get things moving and softens things up.

Senna and docusate join forces to create Senna-S (Docusate / Senna), a vegetable-based laxative that gently relieves constipation.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 95 reviewsforSenna-S
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.
  • The combination of a laxative and stool softener might work better for people with constipation caused by medicines.
  • The laxative in Docusate/Senna was used over 3,500 years ago, so it's been around for a while.
  • Docusate/Senna is clinically proven to relieve constipation from a variety of causes.
  • One of the few laxative/stool-softener combinations that can be given to children 2 and older.
  • It may not work for everyone, but people felt it was worth the hassle.
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.
  • Most people felt that it's not the most effective laxative out there, but they could deal with the hassle and it worked pretty well.
  • Docusate/Senna can cause cramping or the feeling that you "have to go right now".
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
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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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95 
39%
think this treatment is worth it
29%
think this treatment works well
22%
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 Senna-S (Docusate / 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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  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Laxative dependence

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy or sensitivity to aloe (cross-allergic reaction)

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