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Old 01-24-2007, 08:01 AM   #1
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Laxative for IBS???

My brother has IBS and his doctor prescribed FiberCon which is a laxative. Wouldn't a laxative when he has diarrhea make his IBS worse???

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Old 01-24-2007, 08:12 AM   #2
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Re: Laxative for IBS???

No, if taken without drinking EXTRA fluids, it will help to soak up the 'rhea and make more normal stool. It really works, but I'd also recommend high doses of probiotics along with the Fibercon.


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Re: Laxative for IBS???

Fibercon is Calcium polycarbophil -- a synthetic fiber that does not absorb fluid or broken down by intestinal bacteria -- it would act more like an insoluble fiber and not like a soluble fiber that absorbs fluid. It is not a stool forming agent!

I think any of the water souble fibers would work better since they are basically stool forming agents -- like psyllium in Metamucil and other similar brands. methylcellulose in Citrucel, Benefiber that contains guar gum and Fiber Choice that contains chicory root (Inulin).

I agree with Cally -- eat yogurt and take probiotic supplements---

I wish your Brother well---Harry

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