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Laxatives

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Topic Overview

What is a laxative?

A laxative is a substance that helps you have a bowel movement. Laxatives are used to relieve and prevent constipation, which occurs when it is difficult to have a bowel movement.

What types of laxatives are there?

There are four types of products for preventing or treating constipation:

Are there precautions for taking laxatives?

Are there other ways to treat constipation?

There are many other ways to treat constipation, such as drinking more water or adding more fiber, fruits, and vegetables to your diet. These are often recommended in addition to taking laxatives.


Credits for Laxatives

Current as of: February 10, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine


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