Compare Fibercon vs. senna

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Senokot (senna)

Over-the-counter
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.

Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective for occasional constipation, but it can't be used as a long-term treatment.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 69 reviewsforsenna
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.
  • Senokot (senna) is tolerated well and has few side effects.
  • Approved for children as young as 2 years old.
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.
  • Using Senokot (senna) often or for a long period of time can increase the risk of dehydration, especially if you are older or also taking diuretics.
  • Might take a few days to work which is slower than some of its alternatives.
  • Can only be used as a short-term treatment.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Price
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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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69 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
35%
saiditworked well
10%
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 Senokot (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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  • Bowel blockage
  • Laxative dependence
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