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What is the best tablet for constipation?

What is the best tablet for constipation?

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Generic name Selected brand name(s) Type of drug
Docusate Colace, D.O.S. Sulfolax Stool softener
Polyethylene glycol MiraLax Laxative
Psyllium, Calcium Polycarbophil, Methylcellulose Metamucil, Fiber, Genfiber, Benefiber, Konsyl, Citrucel, FiberCon Fiber supplement
Senna (Sennosides) Senokot, Ex-Lax Laxative

What is the best laxative that works immediately?

When you need gentle and fast-acting constipation relief, in as little as 30 minutes*, reach for Dulcolax® Liquid Laxative.

  • *Works in 30 minutes to 6 hours.
  • Contains the active ingredient, magnesium hydroxide, which draws water into the colon to help stool to pass.
  • Works naturally with the water in your body.

Can you buy laxatives in supermarkets?

Laxatives are a type of medicine that can treat constipation. Laxatives are available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets. They’re also available on prescription from a doctor.

What relieves constipation overnight?

The following quick treatments can help induce a bowel movement in a few hours.

  • Take a fiber supplement.
  • Eat a serving of high-fiber food.
  • Drink a glass of water.
  • Take a laxative stimulant.
  • Take an osmotic.
  • Try a lubricant laxative.
  • Use a stool softener.
  • Try an enema.

Are there any supplements that help with constipation?

Bulk-forming fiber supplements include Citrucel, FiberCon, and Metamucil. Unlike other laxatives, you can take these every day. They make the stool bigger and softer. Although they are safe to use regularly, fiber supplements can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb certain medicines, and they may cause bloating, cramps, and gas.

Is there an over the counter stool softener for constipation?

Over-the-counter stool softeners are effective for some people. However, in controlled clinical trials, there is no evidence that they improve symptoms. While they only are intended for short-term relief of constipation, using a daily stool softener long-term probably is not harmful.

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How to deal with chronic constipation at the Mayo Clinic?

Depending on your individual circumstances, a daily stool softener or another simple laxative may be an appropriate remedy. Changing your diet and making other lifestyle changes also are likely to have a positive effect. — Dr. Adil E. Bharucha, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota