Prodiem, Calcium polycarbophil

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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to see if these talblets would absorb any water and get better so i put 1 in a bottle of water. It didnt even change in size? how come?

Does it have to hit the stomach acid first? Or whats the deal.. I read that fibercon or polycarbophil can absorb like 60 times its weight.

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   Posted 2/8/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
No. the polymer however is synthetic (the calcium salt of polyacrylic acid cross-linked with divinyl glycol) will absorb in neutral pH (tap water) even beyond the amount you say...should see something similar to that when you put a natural such as metamucil in water... however the tablet itself has a shell (combination of excipient, disintegrant etc) so that could change the situation (such as for delivery),,,the influencing ingredient that I see is the cros and providone, (is like a polymer adhesive)... actual ingredients: calcium carbonate, caramel, crospovidone, hypromellose, light mineral oil, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, silicon dioxide, and sodium lauryl sulfate.

did you try to open the tablet a bit then see if its different in lemon juice versus water. apparently in water it will swell more than in the acid.

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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Didn't swell at all whatsoever. The pharmacist said there is enzymes and gasses needed by the body in the bowel to do so.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Good thing, you don't want it to start swelling while it's in your esophagus...besides, as fara s I can tell it obviously does something in there cuz I sure noticed better formed stools than what I had before using it (which was mostly mushy stools).

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