About Constipation

Constipation is more common than some people may believe with many people suffering from constipation at some time during their lives.


Constipation Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are a variety of over-the-counter treatment options available to relieve your occasional constipation. Each type of product works differently in your body and the time to relief varies.


  Example How it Works Time to Relief
Stimulant Tablet
(Taken by mouth)
Dulcolax®Tablets Speeds up stool movement by stimulating the bowel muscles Works overnight
Dulcolax Pink®
Tablets
Stimulant Suppository
(Inserted rectally)
Dulcolax®
Suppository
Speeds up stool movement by stimulating the bowel muscles Works in minutes
Osmotic   Draws water into the bowel, providing softer stools and increases frequency of bowel movements Works in 1 to 3 days
Bulk-forming   Absorbs more fluid in the intestines, making the stool bigger, giving the urge to pass Works in 12 to 72 hours
Lubricant Mineral Oil Coats the wall of the intestine so that stools can pass through more easily Works in 6 to 8 hours

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