Compare Colace vs. Fibercon
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Colace (docusate) softens the stool, but may not stimulate a bowel movement as quickly as a laxative.
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.
- Safer than laxatives.
- Available over-the-counter.
- Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
- 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.
- May take up to 5 days for the full effects to kick in.
- Intended to be used only as a short-term solution for occasional constipation. Other options such as fiber supplements may be more useful for maintaining regular bowel movements.
- 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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- Complete or partial blockage of intestines
- Drug interactions
- Taking with calcium supplements
- Taking with oral bisphosphonates
- Bowel blockage
- Age 60 or older
- Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
- Taking medications that cause constipation