Lifestyle Preventative Health and Medications > Laxatives
Why it works?
Laxatives can be helpful with constipation. Symptoms of constipation are straining while having a bowel movement, passing hard stool, feeling obstructed or the sensation of incomplete evacuation.
Constipation may be temporary due to an unhealthy lifestyle or poor dietary intake.
There are some lifestyle modifications one should try before using laxatives. These include:
When should laxatives be needed?
One can consider laxatives if the symptom persists despite lifestyle modifications. One should consider a medical consultation if the onset of constipation is new and there is a recent change in bowel habit.
What are the types of laxatives available?
There are 6 types of laxatives. Each has different mechanisms and possible side effects.
1. Bulking Agents (Fibers)
2. Lubricant laxative
3. Stool softeners
4. Osmotic laxatives
5. Stimulant laxatives
Take home messages:
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