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Polycarbophil is used in the treatment of constipation

How it works

Polycarbophil belongs to a class of drugs called bulk-forming laxatives. It acts by increasing the water content of stool in the intestine, making the stool softer and easing its movement.

Common side effects

Bloating, Abdominal distension

Available Medicine

Expert advice

  • Together with Polycarbophil, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • Avoid taking a Polycarbophil for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 
  • Take Polycarbophil after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • A Polycarbophil should be preferably taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.
  • Do not try to swallow Polycarbophil in the dry form. It should be taken with full glass  of water or fruit juice.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is polycarbophil safe?
Polycarbophil is safe when used at prescribed dose and duration as recommended doctor

Q. Is calcium polycarbophil a soluble fiber?
Polycarbophil is insoluble in water.

Content on this page was last updated on 11 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)