Laxatives (Constipation) Center

Laxatives types for treatment of constipation include over-the-counter (OTC) preparations, for example:

  • Bulk-forming laxatives
  • Stool softeners
  • Lubricant laxatives
  • Stimulant laxatives
  • Saline laxatives
  • Enemas
  • Suppositories

Some OTC laxatives are not recommended for people with specific diseases or conditions (for example, people with diabetes). Some laxatives may have negative side effects if taken over long periods of time. Laxatives are not recommended for weight loss.

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