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When should you use laxatives to treat constipation?

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A box of laxatives shouldn't be the first place you turn to relieve constipation. Reserve laxatives for constipation that doesn't improve after you've added fiber and water to your diet.

From: Constipation Relief Guide WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. , 9 ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseaseth

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. . Academic Press, 2009. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 9, 2019

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. , 9 ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseaseth

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. . Academic Press, 2009. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 9, 2019

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