Helps get things moving.
Over-the-counterLower-cost generic available
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
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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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.
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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 our pharmacists
- › Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.