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What over-the-counter remedies help constipation?

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A diet with natural fiber from fruits and vegetables, at least eight cups of water a day, and exercise can help. An occasional laxative from the drug store, like Metamucil, Citrucel, Colace, and Milk of Magnesia can get things moving, too.

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 03, 2019

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 03, 2019

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