By: Elena Grace Flores
Have you been having difficulty in moving your bowel to the verge of hurting your exit point? Hard and oftentimes painful to pass waste happen when we do not eat enough fiber foods that can eliminate them properly. This is called constipation. Psyllium or brand name Metamucil®, polycarbophil or FiberCon® and methylcellulose or Citrucel® are easily available from drug stores without prescription. What they do is – they add mass to the stool and stimulate intestines that trigger contraction. These are laxatives that work gently and slowly to have that toilet time comfort. They are safe for long-term use, but will not effect immediately. Usually it takes three days to feel the improvement in your bowel movement.
It’s very important to take each dose with a full glass of fluid and to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Stool softeners such as docusate sodium (Colace®) often help to prevent constipation. They are generally taken on a daily basis and may take a few days to work. Be sure to consult your doctor if you don’t see results after one to two weeks of using a stool softener. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-constipation/qxc295159
According to drugstore.com:: Another option is milk of magnesia, which targets upset stomach and constipation. As a laxative, it pulls water into the intestine and increases the urge to have a bowel movement. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour for results. For constipation, the usual dose is two tablespoons taken once or twice daily. Do not use milk of magnesia for more than two weeks unless your doctor prescribes it. Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) and senna (Senokot®) should be considered a last resort to treat occasional constipation. These products work by stimulating the bowel. They generally take from six to eight hours to take effect. You shouldn’t use this type of laxative frequently or for long periods of time, since they don’t treat the cause of constipation and may cause the bowel to become “lazy,” which can lead to severe constipation over time.