In this article we want to present to you a supplement for common stomach problems called Fiber Lax. Fiber lax is a laxative which is used mainly for constipation relief. It is sold as over the counter drug. The main ingredient of this drug is Calcium polycarbophil. As per wikipedia Polycarbophil calcium is actually a stool stabilizer. Which means you can use this supplement for not only constipation but also for diarrhea and stomach discomfort.
Fiber Lax is owned by Rugby company and it promotes this product as mild laxative which is non habit forming.
Can Fiber Lax Help in Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition in which patients suffer from abdomen discomfort. They can suffer from diarrhea or constipation when they consume certain foods or on certain conditions. Basically in IBS your digestive system becomes very sensitive and it can cause many symptoms including the above conditions.
One study which was conducted on on two types of IBS patients – those who suffered from diarrhea and other group which suffered from constipation. Both these groups were administered Polycarbophil calcium which is the ingredient in Fiber Lax.
It was found that the group suffering from diarrhea the abdomen pain decreased and the frequency of bowel movements decreased.
In the group with constipation, the bowel movements improved and they also observed decrease in abdomen pain. he study can be found here.
When You Should Use Fiber Lax
Fiber lax is a bulk forming laxative. If you suffer from occasional constipation you can use fiber lax for treating the condition. Fiber Lax 625 mg is the commonly used caplet. As per other laxatives or fiber supplements like benefiber, citrucel or metamucil you should take Fiber Lax with at least 1 glass or 8 oz of water. Other wise it may cause blockage in the intestine as it can absorb water and bulk up.
You can also take Fiber Lax for diarrhea. Since it is a stool stabilizer it can also help in controlling diarrhea. Another option you can use for diarrhea relief is metamucil.
Walgreens Fiber Lax
Walgreens also sells this products under its own brand name. The active ingredient is same – Calcium Polycarbophil (625mg). Other ingredients are Calcium Carbonate, Caramel, Crospovidone, Hypromellose, Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene Glycol, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
Recommended Dosage for Walgreens Fiber Lax as per walgreens website –
- Daily maximum 4 doses
- Dosage will vary according to diet, exercise, previous laxative use or severity of constipation
- Continued use for 1 to 3 days is normally required to provide full benefit
- Adults and children over 12 years: 2 caplets, 1 to 4 times a day
- Children 6 to 12 years: 1 caplet, 1 to 4 times a day
- Children under 6 years: ask a doctor
How Soon Does Fiber Lax Starts Working
You are most likely to see results in 8 hours to 24 hours of taking this medication. But many people may see it working anytime from 1 to 3 days. If it does not work in 7 days then do not continue to take Fiber Lax. Consult your doctor about your condition.
Fiber Lax Precautions
Some people may be allergic to Calcium polycarbophil. If you are allergic to Calcium polycarbophil you may suffer from hives, swelling in face, lips, tongue, throat and lips. It can also cause swelling of the respiratory system create breathing difficulty.
Remember to call your doctor at immediately if you observe no bowel movement within 3 day or severe stomach cramps, rectal bleeding after using polycarbophil. Other common side effects may include mild stomach pain, bloating and/or gas.
This product contains calcium. If you are taking any form of tetracycline antibiotic, this product should be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after you have taken the antibiotic.