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Get Rid of Constipation through Laxative Treatments
Constipation can either be treat ed the natural way using all natural rem ed ies or by taking laxatives. Some people prefer natural rem ed ies because they are anxious if they will experience side effects. Some prefer taking laxatives because the effects might seem spe ed ier—but the typical store laxative should be us ed with warning and only for a few days or less.
Laxatives ease constipation by working as a stimulant to promote proper digestion and enhanc ed bowel movement, therefore aiding relief from constipation. Laxatives are available over the counter and you don't ne ed a doctor's prescription to purchase them.
Constipation – The Different Types of Laxatives You Can Use
The types of laxatives to relieve constipation are categoriz ed into: lubricants, bulk-forming laxatives, saline laxatives, stimulant laxatives, stool softeners and combinations of one or two types. All these types of laxatives ease constipation in different ways.
Lubricants like glycerin suppositories lubricate the inner anus to ma ke it easier for you to pass out the harden ed stools. They coat the surface of the bowel and helps in absorbing water for the stools to ma ke them pass out easily. Examples of lubricants are; Magnesium hydroxide, a combination of milk of ma gnesia and mineral oil; Glycerin suppositories and Mineral Oils.
Bulk-forming laxatives ease constipation by adding water and “bulk” to your stools. The bigger stools help in getting the bowel to contract and then passing the stools out. Examples of bulk-forming laxatives are; Metamucil with the active ingr ed ient psyllium, Citrucel with the active ingr ed ient methylcellulose and FiberCon with the active ingr ed ient Polycarbophil. Common adverse effects are bloating, frequent passing of gas and cramps.
Saline laxatives relieve constipation by getting fluids from nearby tissues and infusing them with the hard stools. The fluid helps ma ke the stools become softer to ma ke it move out effortlessly. Examples of saline laxatives are; Phillips' Milk of Magnesia, Phillips' Chewable tablets and Ex Lax Milk of Magnesia Stimulant Free Liquid.
Stool softeners ease constipation by adding fluid to stools to soften them and ma ke them easier pass out. Examples of stool softeners are: Dulcolax Stool Softener, Phillips' Liqui Gel and Colace.
Stimulant laxatives alleviate constipation by forcing the stools to come out by contracting and squeezing the bowel. This is the most notorious laxative and should be us ed only after a surgery where bowel movement is difficult or when a doctor suggests you take them. Examples of stimulant laxatives are: Ex Lax Ultra, Gentlax and Dulcolax Bowel Prep Kit with the active ingr ed ient bisacodyl. Ceo-Two Evacuant with the active ingr ed ients sodium bicarbonate and potassium bitartrate. Common side effects include abdominal contractions, cramps and sluggishness.
Although laxatives are very effective for treating constipation, you should consult with your doctor if you experience any side effects. Don't be alarm ed if you still experience enhanc ed bowel movement after you have stopp ed taking laxatives. Your body is just beginning to adjust to a laxative free environment.
The most beneficial way to move your bowels is an All-Natural colon cleanse / constipation relief type product. This helps keep away from harmful side effects and loosing peristalsis.