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Generic Name: polycarbophil (POL ee KAR boe fil)
Brand Name: Equalactin, Fiber Lax, FiberCon, Fiberlax, Fibertab, Konsyl Fiber
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Drug Information:
Equalactin is a bulk-forming laxative that increases the amount of water in your stools to help make them softer and easier to pass. Equalactin is used to treat constipation and to help maintain regular bowel movements. Equalactin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. You should not use Equalactin if you are allergic to Equalactin or to mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate, or povidone (such as Betadine). Learn more

Equalactin Side Effects

Equalactin Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about polycarbophil. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Equalactin.

Applies to polycarbophil: oral tablet, oral tablet chewable

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Belly pain.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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Other brands: FiberCon, Fiber Lax, Fiber Laxative, Fibertab, Konsyl Daily Fiber Therapy

Related treatment guides

  • Constipation

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Equalactin