14 Constipation Remedies & Treatments

3Take OTC Medicines

You may be recommended to use a laxative for some period by your health care provider. The type of laxative to opt for will depend on the cause of your constipation.

Osmotic agents – Miralax, Milk of Magnesia

Lubricants – Mineral Oil

Fiber supplements – FiberCon, Citrucel, Metamucil

Stool softeners – Docusate, Colace

Stimulants – Dulcolax, Correctol

Note, stimulants are only meant for severe constipation, and other treatment options have failed to relieve the symptoms of constipation.

However, for those who have been using a laxative for a while, and find it hard to have a bowel movement without it, you should start considering discussing with your doctor on how best to gradually stop using laxatives. Over time, without laxatives, you should have your bowel movement normal. [3]

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