Drugs for constipation
DRUGS FOR CONSTIPATION
Drugs for constipation fall into several categories, all with different mechanisms of action for bringing about a bowel movement. Some are taken orally, while others can be used as suppositories or enemas. Any of these laxatives can result in dependency if used for too long.
The digestive system essentially “forgets” how to have a bowel movement without them. Constipation drugs include saline laxatives, irritants/stimulants, bulk-producing laxatives, lubricants, and surfactants.
Examples of Saline Laxatives
Milk of magnesia
Sodium phosphates (Fleet Phospho-Soda)
ALTERNATIVE CARE: Drink plenty of water, and use a mineral supplement containing magnesium and potassium; EAT FRESH FRUITS HIGH IN FIBRE such as: pears, kiwis, mangos, oranges etc.