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Systematic (IUPAC) name
CAS number 9003-97-8
ATC code A06AC08
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Routes Oral,

Polycarbophil, also Calcium Polycarbophil is the International Nonproprietary Name of a synthetic polymer the calcium salt of polyacrylic acid cross-linked with divynyl glycol.

Clinical Uses

Main article: laxatives

It is used as stool stabilizer to treat constipation, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.

Calcium polycarbophil has been marketed as over-the-counter agents used for treating functional bowel disorder and as a bulk-producing agent


Chewable tablet containing Calcium Polycarbophil 625mg


  • Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Takaharu Saito, Fujie Mizutani, Yuji Iwanaga, Kouji Morikawa and Hideo Kato. 2002. Laxative and Anti-diarrheal Activity of Polycarbophil in Mice and Rats. . Jpn.J. Pharmacol. 89, p. 133
  • Akira Torii, and Gotaro Toda. 2004. Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Internal Medicine 43, p. 353
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