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  • Dietary fiber supplement
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Benefiber

Miralax
(Polyethylene Glycol)

Colace
(Docusate)

Fibercon
(Calcium Polycarbophil)

Citrate Of Magnesia
(Magnesium Citrate)

Senna-S
(Docusate / Senna)

Metamucil
(Psyllium)

Senokot
(Senna)

Supplements fiber and relieves constipation. Benefiber is an excellent fiber supplement. It's easy to use and doesn't clump up like other supplements.Helps get things moving. Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) provides effective relief of constipation without "cramping" your style.Softens things up. Colace (Docusate) takes longer to work that some alternatives, but it's a more comfortable way to relieve constipation.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.Treats constipation. Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate) works well if you need to really get things moving, but it's not a good medicine to manage chronic constipation.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.Helps get things moving. The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil (Psyllium) does more than relieve constipation. It lowers cholesterol, keeps blood sugar levels healthy, and makes you feel less hungry between meals.Helps get things moving. Senokot (Senna) is gentle and effective, but it may be weaker than other laxatives.
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Reviews for Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol)
74%
+30% vs. Benefiber
54%
+21% vs. Benefiber
10%
10% vs. Benefiber
Reviews for Colace (Docusate)
66%
+22% vs. Benefiber
49%
+16% vs. Benefiber
13%
13% vs. Benefiber
Reviews for Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)
45%
+1% vs. Benefiber
28%
5% vs. Benefiber
21%
21% vs. Benefiber

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Reviews for Senna-S (Docusate / Senna)
38%
6% vs. Benefiber
29%
4% vs. Benefiber
21%
21% vs. Benefiber
Reviews for Metamucil (Psyllium)
71%
+27% vs. Benefiber
45%
+12% vs. Benefiber
10%
10% vs. Benefiber
Reviews for Senokot (Senna)
57%
+13% vs. Benefiber
35%
+2% vs. Benefiber
10%
10% vs. Benefiber
Side effects
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How it works
BenefiberMiralaxColaceFiberconMagnesium CitrateSenna-SMetamucilSenna
Benefiber is a natural fiber. It improves digestive health by softening and bulking stool while increasing good bacteria in the colon.Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) is an osmotic laxative. It uses osmosis to keep more water in your intestine, which softens your stool and makes it easier to pass.Colace (Docusate) is a stool softener. It allows both fats and water into stool, which softens it and makes it easier to pass.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.Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate) is an osmotic and stimulant laxative. It uses osmosis to keep more water in your intestine, which softens your stool and makes it easier to pass. It also causes waves of contractions (peristalsis) in your intestine muscles to push stool through.Senna-S (Docusate / Senna) is a combination medicine. Docusate is a stool softener, and Senna is a stimulant laxative. These two ingredients work together to make stools easier to pass.Metamucil (Psyllium) is a fiber-based laxative. It adds bulk and moisture to your intestine, which softens stool and makes it easier to pass.Senokot (Senna) is a plant-derived stimulant laxative. It causes waves of contractions (peristalsis) in your intestine muscles to push stool through. It also makes stool more watery.
Type of medication
BenefiberMiralaxColaceFiberconMagnesium CitrateSenna-SMetamucilSenna
Fiber supplementOver-the-counter
Laxative
Osmotic
Over-the-counter
Laxative
Stool softener
Over-the-counter
Laxative
Bulk-producing
Over-the-counter
LaxativePrescription or OTC
Laxative
Stool softener
Laxative
Stimulant
Over-the-counter
Laxative
Bulk-producing
Over-the-counter
Laxative
Stimulant
Over-the-counter
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  • Dietary fiber supplement
Risk factors for serious side effects
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      Pregnancy category
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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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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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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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      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

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      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

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      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

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      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

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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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      Food
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      • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
      • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
      • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
      • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
      • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
      • It has multiple health benefits, good to control your hunger between meals, improves your blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels.
      • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
      • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
      Kidneys and liver
      • Benefiber and soluble fiber supplements are not recommended to be used with carbonated beverages. Be cautious using it if you have kidney stones, are pregnant, or are nursing.
      • Ask your doctor before you take Miralax if you have nausea or vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney disease, or sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
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      • Ask your doctor before taking Magnesium Citrate if you have kidney disease, are on a limited magnesium or sodium diet, have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
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      Upsides and benefits
      BenefiberMiralaxColaceFiberconMagnesium CitrateSenna-SMetamucilSenna
      • Research shows soluble fibers like Benefiber are useful for people who don’t meet daily fiber recommendations.
      • Benefiber completely dissolves in liquids and doesn’t have a gritty texture like other similar fiber supplements.
      • Comes in multiple forms, including chewables, powders, and caplets.
      • Should cause less gas and bloating than other fiber supplements.
      • Has multiple health benefits including lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
      • Miralax is the most recommended laxative by pharmacists and doctors.
      • Most people felt it was worth the hassle.
      • It's gluten and sugar free.
      • It causes little to no cramping, bloating, gas, or feelings like you "have to go right now" compared to some other medicines to treat constipation.
      • Works differently than other over-the-counter laxatives so it's a great alternative if other medicines haven't worked.
      • Colace is a gentle, non-irritating, non-stimulant constipation reliever.
      • It doesn't cause cramping or the uncomfortable feeling that you "have to go right now".
      • Most people feel Colace is worth the hassle.
      • It's safe to use short-term during pregnancy and if you're breast-feeding, but you should still check with your baby doctor first.
      • Colace is used to prevent straining in people who recently had a heart attack.
      • It's a good choice after surgery, giving birth, or when you have hemorrhoids.
      • 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.
      • Really strong laxative that gets things moving fast.
      • Can also be used to prep your bowel before you go for surgery or colonoscopy. Your doctor will give you specific instructions if you use it this way.
      • 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.
      • Psyllium is the most recommended brand of natural fiber laxative
      • Some people feel that taking Psyllium is a hassle, but most think it's worth it.
      • It has multiple health benefits, good to control your hunger between meals, improves your blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels.
      • Studies show it works better than a stool softener for constipation.
      • Senna was used over 3,500 years ago, so it's been around for a while.
      • It's clinically proven to relieve constipation from a variety of causes.
      • One of the few laxatives that can be given to children 2 and older.
      • It may not work for everyone, but people felt it was worth the hassle.
      Downsides and risks
      BenefiberMiralaxColaceFiberconMagnesium CitrateSenna-SMetamucilSenna
      • If you have a gluten intolerance, celiac disease, are pregnant, or are nursing, check with your doctor before taking Benefiber.
      • Taking too much Benefiber can cause constipation, gas, and bloating.
      • Benefiber doesn’t bulk up stool as much as insoluble fiber supplements.
      • Some people's bodies can become dependent on fiber supplements.
      • You have to dissolve Miralax in a beverage and drink it versus taking a pill.
      • It's not for children 16 years or younger.
      • Miralax doesn't work overnight. It can take up to 2-4 days to have a bowel movement.
      • It's not recommended that you take it for more than a week, so it you haven't had any success, you'll need to call your doctor for other laxative options.
      • May take up to 12 to 72 hours to take effect.
      • People who are older have medical conditions and take a lot of medicines may need more than 200 mg a day to get results.
      • It may be weaker than alternatives since it isn't a laxative. Studies show that stool softeners like Colace may be less effective than psyllium when it comes to treating constipation.
      • 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.
      • Can cause heartburn, gas, and belly cramps.
      • Not the best choice for people who have swallowing problems or aren't able to drink lots of liquids.
      • It doesn't work for everyone and some people feel it's a hassle.
      • Some brands are of Magnesium Citrate are tinted red and can change the color of your stool.
      • Can cause dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, and the feeling that you "have to go right now".
      • Magnesium Citrate contains magnesium which prevents certain medicines from working properly. Make sure you take your dose of Magnesium Citrate at least 2 hours before or after other medicines.
      • You can't take it for more than a week or so.
      • 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".
      • You may have to take Psyllium daily for 1-3 days to see full effects.
      • If you don't take it with enough liquid, it could swell, block your throat and cause choking.
      • Psyllium contains psyllium. Don't take if you have an allergy to psyllium from breathing it in or swallowing it.
      • Can cause gas and mild belly cramps.
      • Not the best choice for people who have swallowing problems or aren't able to drink lots of liquids.
      • It may be gentle, but it's not the strongest laxative for constipation.
      • Senna can cause cramping or the feeling that you "have to go right now".
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      BenefiberMiralaxColaceFiberconMagnesium CitrateSenna-SMetamucilSenna
      • Increase the amount of Benefiber you take slowly to prevent gas and diarrhea.
      • Be sure to drink water each day to help avoid constipation.
      • The Benefiber powder dissolves in any liquid, but don't add it to carbonated drinks.
      • Fiber can affect how medications work, so be sure to take Benefiber 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take other medications.
      • Can cause bloating, gas, or stomach cramps.
      • Dissolve Miralax powder in 4 to 8 ounces of water, juice or other drink (cold or hot) once a day.
      • Works in about 1 to 3 days. Don't use for more than 1 week.
      • Miralax is available in four different size dose bottles. It also come in pre-measured single-dose packets to make dosing easier or if you travel.
      • Ask your doctor about giving it to anyone younger than 17 years.
      • Doesn't cause as much bloating, cramping or feelings like you "have to go right now" as other medicines to treat constipation.
      • Ask your doctor before you take Miralax if you have nausea or vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney disease, or sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
      • Stop using Miralax and call your doctor if you have pain, cramping, swelling or bulging in your belly, diarrhea, rectal bleeding or find you need to use for more than 1 week.
      • It's best to take daily doses at bedtime or you can take it twice a day, but not for more than one week. Works in about 12-72 hours.
      • Ask your doctor about giving Colace to anyone younger than 2 years.
      • Ask your doctor before taking Colace if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
      • Don't use if you're taking mineral oil for constipation. Ask your doctor first.
      • Check with your baby doctor before using or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
      • 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.
      • Magnesium Citrate starts working in 30 minutes to 6 hours.
      • Works fast, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
      • The dose is different for adults and children so check the label and ask your doctor about giving to anyone younger than 6 years.
      • It tastes better if you chill the bottle before you take it. Make sure you drink 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other liquid after each dose.
      • Ask your doctor before taking Magnesium Citrate if you have kidney disease, are on a limited magnesium or sodium diet, have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
      • Stop taking Magnesium Citrate and call your doctor if you have pain, swelling or bulging in your belly, rectal bleeding, or haven't had a bowel movement after taking.
      • For short-term use. Don't use it for more than one week.
      • Docusate/Senna is a combination of a laxative and stool softener. Together they work to relieve constipation better than each medicine alone.
      • Best to take at bedtime or as your doctor has prescribed, but not for more than one week. It works in about 6-12 hours.
      • Ask your doctor about giving Docusate/Senna to anyone younger than 2 years.
      • Ask your doctor before taking Docusate/Senna if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
      • Don't use if you're taking mineral oil for constipation. Ask your doctor first.
      • Check with your baby doctor before using or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
      • Psyllium works in about 12-72 hours for constipation.
      • It's important to take each dose with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other liquid (not hot liquids).
      • Mix powder well and drink right away up to 3 times a day (build up to this slowly), but not for more than one week.
      • Don't take Psyllium within 2 hours before or after taking other medicines. It may interact and affect how they work.
      • If you take Psyllium then have chest pain, vomiting, trouble breathing or swallowing, get medical help immediately.
      • Ask your doctor before taking Psyllium if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
      • Ask your doctor about giving Psyllium to anyone younger than 12 years.
      • Stop taking Psyllium and call your doctor if you have pain, swelling or bulging in your belly, rectal bleeding or have not had a bowel movement after taking.
      • It's best to take it at bedtime or as your doctor has prescribed, but not for more than one week. Works in about 6-12 hours.
      • Ask your doctor about giving Senna to anyone younger than 2 years.
      • Ask your doctor before taking Senna if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
      • Check with your baby doctor before using or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
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