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Last Updated: 05 May 2022

If you're having difficulty going to the toilet, laxatives are a type of medication that can aid you empty your bowels. The primary laxatives used in the UK are: bulk-forming laxatives, such as ispaghula husk and methylcellulose, which work in similarly as dietary fibre; they increase the mass of your stools by aiding them retain fluid, urging your bowels to press the feceses out; osmotic laxatives, such as lactulose and polyethylene glycol, which soften your stools and make them simpler to pass by boosting the quantity of water in your bowels; energizer laxatives, such as bisacodyl, salt and senna picosulfate, which accelerate the movement of your bowels by stimulating the nerves that regulate the muscle mass lining your digestive system system; stool softener laxatives, such as arachis oil and docusate sodium, which increase the liquid content of difficult, completely dry stools, making them easier to pass. Laxatives have been around for a lengthy time, there's an absence of premium evidence about precisely how reliable they are and whether particular laxatives are better than others. Unless there's a reason why specific laxatives might be more ideal than others, most adults ought to attempt utilizing a bulk-forming laxative. If your feceses stay tough, try utilizing an osmotic laxative in addition to, or as opposed to, a bulk-forming laxative. Osmotic laxatives usually start to work after about 2 or 3 days, while energizer laxatives usually have an impact within 6 to 12 hours. See your GP if you're still constipated after attempting all of the various types of laxative, or if you think your child might benefit from taking laxatives.

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