Home > Health & Wellness > Health Library > Laxatives
A laxative is a substance that
helps you have a bowel movement. Laxatives are used to relieve and prevent
constipation, which occurs when it is difficult to have a bowel
There are four
types of products for preventing or treating constipation:
are many other ways to treat constipation, such as drinking more water or
adding more fiber, fruits, and vegetables to your diet. These are often
recommended in addition to taking laxatives.
August 2, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!
Ames: 515-239-6877In Iowa: 800-524-6877
Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Patient Privacy |
Net Learning for Employees |
MGMC PACS for Physicians
1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - email@example.com
©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.