Treating Occasional Constipation

Treating Constipation Starts with Identifying the Problem.

Identifying and targeting the symptoms of constipation are important first steps. Inactive or sluggish bowel function is just one symptom.

Selecting the right laxative for you can ease your constipation, helping you get back to your daily routine.

Selecting the Laxative That is Right for You.

There is a range of laxatives available over the counter – each works differently to relieve constipation.

Osmotic laxatives gently attracts water in the colon, replacing lost water, enabling a normal, complete bowel movement. Through this process, MiraLAX®, an osmotic laxative, relieves occasional constipation and softens stool, without causing harsh side effects such as gas, bloating, cramping, and sudden urgency.

Bulk-forming (fiber) laxatives add (insoluble) fiber to the stool. These can be used to supplement the fiber in your diet. However, they can sometimes ferment and cause gas.

Stimulant laxatives activate the walls of the intestine, causing the muscles to contract and clear the bowel. They work quickly, but can sometimes cause cramps.

Lubricants coat the walls of the intestine so that stool can pass through more easily. They can sometimes interfere with vitamin and nutrient absorption.

Download list of Laxatives

Use as directed for occasional constipation.