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Difference Between Metamucil and Fibercon

What is Metamucil and Fibercon

Metamucil is consumed as an everyday supplement to increase your fiber intake, whereas FiberCon can be taken occasionally only when you experience the problem of constipation. Both are over-the-counter supplements Over-the-counter supplements that help treat the problem of constipation. However, Metamucil not only treats constipation but also helps in reducing high cholesterol and aids in maintaining high blood sugar levels.

Similarity

Both supplements are available OTC (over-the-counter) and can be used for several days at a time. Both supplements are recommended for adults and teens. Both Metamucil and Fibercon are used to relieve discomfort caused due to constipation.

Which one is better?

Metamucil (psyllium) is a natural fiber and is better in comparison to Fibercon as it is not very pricey and is very effective at relieving constipation within 12-72 hours unlike Fibercon which takes nearly 2 to 3 days to show its effects. Also, in addition to addressing the problem of constipation, Metamucil may also help in alleviating high cholesterol levels and aid in improving your diabetes (type 2 diabetes) by regulating your blood sugar levels.

Metamucil

It can be used as a supplement and can be consumed to increase the fiber intake. It is a water-soluble fiber supplement.

Metamucil offers 2 categories of fiber supplements to support a healthy gut: 1 with 100% psyllium fiber supplements and the other one is a prebiotic fiber (inulin fiber supplement).  

Fibercon

It can be used only when there is constipation. It is an Insoluble fiber supplement. Fibercon comprises of Calcium Polycarbophil is a natural fiber laxative (substance that you use to help you have a bowel movement) that is very safe to be taken during pregnancy. However, it is important that you take heaps of water along with it. 

Difference between Metamucil and Fibercon 

Description

Metamucil

Metamucil (psyllium husk) is a bulk-forming fiber supplement without any chemical stimulants which is used to address the problem of irregular bowel or occasional constipation. However, it has other uses as well like it helps to reduce high cholesterol when used together with a meal less in cholesterol and saturated fat.

Fibercon

Fibercon aka Calcium Polycarbophil is a natural fiber laxative (occasionally treats constipation) that’s safe enough to consume during pregnancy. Fibercon provides relief from conditions like constipation and also aids in regular bowel movements. People can experience the effects of Fibercon 12–72 hours after consumption.

Fibercon comprises of calcium polycarbophil (CPC) as a main ingredient – a synthetic ingredient that serves as a bulk-forming laxative in the body. Calcium polycarbophil (CPC) absorbs water and passes through the body without getting digested, thereby softening the stools.

Composition

Metamucil

Metamucil contains;

  • aspartame
  • Soluble fiber from psyllium husk
  • citric acid
  • maltodextrin
  • yellow 6

Fibercon

Fibercon comprises of;

  • Microcrystalline cellulose
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Caramel
  • Hypromellose
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Crospovidone
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate

Uses

Metamucil

  • Good for digestive health
  • Good for heart health as it lowers high cholesterol
  • Helps in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels
  • Enhances feelings of fullness (As the psyllium fiber powder thickens, it forms a gel that helps you feel fuller)
  • Helps in appetite control
  • Help reduce hunger
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Helps maintain digestive regularity and supports digestive health

Fibercon

  • Treats constipation
  • Increases the bulk in the stool, that aids to cause the movement of the intestines
  • Increases the quantity of stool water, thereby making the stool softer and convenient to pass through

Side-effects

Metamucil

Gas, stomach cramps and severe pain, shortness of breath, chest pain or skin rashes or constipation that lasts longer than 7 days

Fibercon

Heartburn, chest pain, belly cramps, vomiting, or rectal bleeding. 

Dosage forms

Metamucil

Pill, capsules, wafers and powder

Fibercon

Pill or capsule

Risks and risk factors

Metamucil

  • Serious allergic reaction – Hypersensitivity to psyllium
  • Blockage of small and large intestines

Fibercon

Bowel blockage

  • Age sixty or older
  • Cancerous capacity
  • Other medical complications that cause blockage or narrowing of bowel
  • Consuming medications that cause constipation

Summary

The points of difference between Metamucil and Fibercon have been summarized as below:

Metamucil VS Fibercon


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