4.0/ 7 average rating with 80 reviewsforFibercon

Fibercon
Alternatives

(Calcium Polycarbophil)

Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil)

Over-the-counter

Dulcolax (Bisacodyl)

Over-the-counter
1 of 7 alternatives
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.

Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) works fast and the suppositories work even faster to relieve your constipation, as long as you're okay with it "cramping" your style a bit.

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.
  • Most people said it was worth taking and it wasn't too much of a hassle.
  • Tablets give overnight relief of your constipation.
  • Dulcolax can also be used to treat constipation caused by spinal cord injury.
  • Suppositories give you quick relief without having to drink a large amount of liquid medicine.
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.
  • Dulcolax can cause cramping, stomach upset, feeling faint, and the feeling that you "have to go right now".
  • You have to be comfortable with putting the medicine in your rectum.
  • Suppositories can cause slight rectal burning.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Suppository
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Reviews
80 
45%
think this treatment is worth it
28%
think this treatment works well
21%
think this treatment is a hassle

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160 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Fibercon (Calcium Polycarbophil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Drug interactions

    Taking with calcium supplements

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Laxative dependence

    Age 60 or greater

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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