polycarbophil


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polycarbophil

 [pol″e-kahr´bo-fil]
a bulk-forming laxative that also acts as a gastrointestinal absorbent in the treatment of diarrhea; often used as the calcium salt (calcium polycarbophil).
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Comparison of the moisturization efficacy of two vaginal moisturizers: Pectin versus polycarbophil technologies.
Calcium polycarbophil compared with placebo in irritable bowel syndrome.
Junginger, Effects of the mucoadhesive polymer polycarbophil on the intestinal absorption of a peptide drug in the rat, J.
There are seven types of products that act as laxatives: saline (phosphates and magnesium hydroxide and its salts), stimulants/irritants (cascara, bisacody1, casanthranol, senna, and castor oil), bulking agents (methylcellulose, polycarbophil, and psyllium), emollient (mineral oil), fecal softeners (docusate), hyperosmotics (glycerin, lactulose), and tegaserod (Zelnorm).
Pharmacologic Treatment of Constipation in Elders Stimulant Laxatives Senna/Cascara (Ex-Lax[R], Senokot[R], Nature's Remedy[R]) Oral bisacodyl (Dulcolax[R]) Phenolphthalein and castor oil (not recommended in elders due to side effects of malabsorption and dehydration) Bulk Laxatives Psyllium (Metamucil[R], Perdiem[R]) Methylcellulose (Citrucel[R]) Polycarbophil (FiberCon[R]) Osmotic Laxatives Magnesium hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia[R]) Magnesium citrate Sodium phosphate Lactulose Polyethylene glycol (MiraLax[R]) Glycerine Sorbitol Fecal Softeners Docusate sodium (Colace[R]) Mineral oil Enemas Phosphate Soap suds Tap water Oil retention Table 5.
Equalactin, for irritable bowel syndrome, contains calcium polycarbophil, a bulk-forming fiber that helps absorb water in the intestinal tract.
Realizing that calcium polycarbophil (Mitrolan/FiberCon) is a bulk laxative that can be used to regulate bowel function, whether constipation or diarrhea, but only when fluid intake is sufficient, and not when incontinence is a problem.
You can recommend that patients gradually increase fiber intake over several weeks to a total of 20 g/d to 25 g/d) (18) through fiber-rich foods (vegetables leg, carrots, broccoli, string beans], fruits [eg, peaches, apples, oranges], whole-grain breads, pasta, cereal, etc) (SOR: C) or bulk supplements (eg, psyllium, methylcellulose, and polycarbophil) (SOR: B).
Physician recommendations are now driving sales of Konsyl's new fiber tablets made with calcium polycarbophil. The formulation is the same as Lederle Laboratories' best-selling Fibercon, says Steiber, and at a 30% savings.
Regarding treatment: of the bulking agents, psyllium increases stool frequency but data are insufficient regarding calcium polycarbophil, methylcellulose, or bran.
The caplets are designed to restore water balance in the colon through calcium polycarbophil, the active ingredient.
Bulking agents, such as natural and synthetic fiber (bran, psyllium, methylcellulose, and calcium polycarbophil), draw water into the intestine, increase stool weight, and soften stool consistency.