Laxatives For Constipation Index

Featured: Laxatives for Constipation Main Article

Laxatives for treatment of constipation include over-the-counter preparations such as bulk-forming laxatives, stool softeners, lubricant laxatives, stimulant laxatives, saline laxatives, enemas and suppositories. Some over-the-counter laxatives are not recommended for patients with specific diseases or conditions. Some laxatives may have negative adverse effects if taken over long periods of time.

Patient Discussions - Viewers share their comments

    Related Diseases & Conditions

    • Constipation Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week....learn more »
      In This Article
      Constipation Article
      • Constipation facts
      • What is constipation?
      • What causes constipation?
      • Medications that cause constipation
      • Other causes of constipation
      • How is constipation evaluated (diagnosed)?
      • What treatments are available for constipation?
      • Home remedies and OTC medications to treat constipation
      • Prescription drugs to treat constipation
      • Other treatments for constipation
      • What is the approach to the evaluation and treatment of constipation?
      • When should I seek medical care for chronic constipation?
      • What's new in the treatment of constipation?
    • Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids (piles) are swollen veins in the rectum and anus. Causes include pregnancy, obesity, diarrhea, low-fiber diet, and...learn more »
      In This Article
      Hemorrhoids Article
      • Definition of hemorrhoid
      • What causes hemorrhoids?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a hemorrhoid?
      • What does a hemorrhoid look like?
      • How is the diagnosis of hemorrhoids made?
      • How are hemorrhoids treated?
      • OTC medications and home remedies for hemorrhoids
      • Non-surgical approaches
      • Hemorrhoid surgery
      • What is the prognosis for hemorrhoids?
    • Melanosis Coli Melanosis coli is a condition that is often associated with prolonged laxative use....learn more »
      In This Article
      Melanosis Coli Article
      • What is melanosis coli?
      • What are the symptoms of melanosis coli?
      • What causes melanosis coli?
      • How is melanosis coli diagnosed?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) of melanosis coli?
    • The Digestion Process (Organs and Functions) Digestion is the complex process of turning food you eat into the energy you need to survive. The digestive process also involves...learn more »
      In This Article
      The Digestion Process (Organs and Functions) Article
      • Digestion definition
      • What is digestion?
      • The mouth
      • The pharynx and esophagus
      • The stomach and small intestine
      • The colon, rectum, and anus
      • Three accessory digestive organs (pancreas, liver, gallbladder)

Related FAQs, Doctor's & Expert's Views

Health News

Tools & References


STAY INFORMED

Get the Latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!