Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal

Fibercon 

(calcium polycarbophil)

Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal
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Helps get things moving.

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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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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.
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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.
How it works

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.

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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.

Common concerns from people taking Fibercon (calcium polycarbophil)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
Pain
  • 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.
Weight
  • Less gas and bloating compared to psyllium laxative products.