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 you can use to prevent or treat
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
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