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(Calcium Polycarbophil)

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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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  • 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.
  • 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.
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Side effects for Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)

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These are side effects of Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you start Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking with calcium supplements
    • Taking with oral bisphosphonates

    Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil) can affect how other medicines are absorbed in the body when you take them together. Make sure you take it 2 hours before or after other medicines and vitamins.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.