Compare lactulose vs. Fibercon

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Generlac
(Lactulose)

Fibercon
(Calcium Polycarbophil)

Coming soon.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.
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Reviews for Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)
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Side effects
lactuloseFibercon

We haven’t found good data for lactulose side effects.

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How it works
lactuloseFibercon
Coming soon.Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil) is a fiber-based laxative. It adds bulk and moisture to your intestine, which softens stool and makes it easier to pass.
Type of medication
lactuloseFibercon
Coming soon.
Laxative
Bulk-producing
Over-the-counter
Available as
lactuloseFibercon
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
lactuloseFibercon
  • Constipation Hepatic encephalopathy; Treatment and Prophylaxis
Risk factors for serious side effects
lactuloseFibercon
Coming soon.
  • Taking with calcium supplements
  • Taking with oral bisphosphonates
  • Age 60 or older
  • Malignancy
  • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
  • Taking medications that cause constipation
Detailed Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
lactuloseFibercon
BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
lactuloseFibercon
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  • 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 and risks
lactuloseFibercon
Coming soon.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
lactuloseFibercon
Coming soon.
  • It's important to take each dose with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other liquid. Works in about 12-72 hours.
  • Don't take more than 8 caplets in a 24 hour period without asking your doctor first and not for more than one week.
  • Don't take Fibercon within 2 hours before or after taking other medicines. It may interact and affect how they work.
  • If you take Fibercon then have chest pain, vomiting, trouble breathing or swallowing, get medical help immediately.
  • Ask your doctor before taking Fibercon if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
  • Ask your doctor about giving Fibercon to anyone younger than 12 years.
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
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