Compare Fibercon vs. Dok-plus

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

3.0/ 5 average rating with 80 reviewsforFibercon
Relieves occasional constipation.

Dok-plus (docusate and senna) is a good choice to help relieve constipation, but should only be used occasionally.

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.
  • This medicine is commonly used to help relieve occasional constipation.
  • Generally tolerable with few side effects.
  • There are many different formulations available over the counter, including generic.
  • Can take this medicine once a day.
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.
  • Doesn't offer immediate relief and is not meant for regular use.
  • Need to remember to separate your other medicines with Dok-plus (docusate and senna).
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Reviews
80 reviews so far
45%
saidit'sworth it
28%
saiditworked well
21%
saidit'sa big 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 Dok-plus (docusate and senna) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Drug interactions
    • Taking with calcium supplements
    • Taking with oral bisphosphonates
  • Bowel blockage
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
    • Taking medications that cause constipation
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  • Stomach problems
  • Using mineral oil at the same time
  • Length of use
  • Use in children
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