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
There are four
types of products for preventing or treating constipation:
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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMay 5, 2017
Current as of:
May 5, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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