What is Fibercon® (polycarbophil) used for?
Polycarbophil is a bulk-forming laxative that increases the amount of water in your stools to help make them softer and easier to pass.
How should I take Fibercon® (polycarbophil)?
Polycarbophil is usually taken 1 to 4 times per day. Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Overuse of a laxative may cause damage to the nerves, muscles, or tissues in your intestines.
Take this medicine with a full glass (8 ounces) of water or other liquid. Then drink one more glass of water.
The chewable tablet form of polycarbophil must be chewed before you swallow it. After chewing and swallowing the tablet, drink a full glass of water.
Taking polycarbophil without enough liquid may cause the tablet to swell in your throat and cause choking, especially in older adults.
Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain, vomiting, trouble swallowing, or trouble breathing after taking this medicine.
Drink plenty of fluids each day while you are taking polycarbophil.
You should have a bowel movement within 12 hours to 3 days.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 3 days of treatment.
How do I store Fibercon® (polycarbophil)?
Fibercon® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Fibercon® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Fibercon® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Fibercon® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Fibercon® (polycarbophil)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Fibercon® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You are allergic to polycarbophil or to mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate, or povidone (such as Betadine).
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Trouble swallowing
- Stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
- A blockage in your intestines
- A history of bleeding from your rectum
- A sudden change in bowel habits that lasts 2 weeks or longer
- If you have been constipated for more than 1 week.
This medicine may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before taking polycarbophil if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
Do not give this medicine to a young child without the advice of a doctor.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Fibercon® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Fibercon®. Fibercon® is pregnancy risk category N, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Fibercon® (polycarbophil)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- Severe stomach cramps, rectal bleeding
- No bowel movement within 3 days after using polycarbophil
Common side effects may include:
- Mild stomach pain
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Fibercon® (polycarbophil)?
Fibercon® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Fibercon® (polycarbophil)?
Fibercon® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Fibercon® (polycarbophil)?
Fibercon® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Fibercon® (polycarbophil).
What is the dose of Fibercon® (polycarbophil) for an adult?
Take each dose of this product with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other fluid. Taking this product without enough liquid may cause choking.
Fibercon® works naturally so continued use for one to three days is normally required to provide full benefit. Dosage may vary according to diet, exercise, previous laxative use or severity of constipation.
Adults and children 12 years of age and over: 2 caplets once a day. Up to 4 times a day.
What is the dose of Fibercon® (polycarbophil) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients under 12 years old. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Fibercon® (polycarbophil) available?
Fibercon® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Fibercon®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: October 18, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019
Fibercon®. https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=80e507f2-d9bd-bc7b-2249-f5bfc8ac1845. Accessed October 18, 2017
Fibercon®. https://www.drugs.com/mtm/fibercon.html. Accessed October 18, 2017