Compare Fibercon vs. Dok-plus
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Dok-plus (docusate and senna) is a good choice to help relieve constipation, but should only be used occasionally.
- 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.
- 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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- 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
- Stomach problems
- Using mineral oil at the same time
- Length of use
- Use in children