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Relieve Constipation

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Bulking Agents


Calcium polycarbophil (Prodiem®)
Psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid (Metamucil®)

Improve stool consistency, shorten colon transit time and increase frequency of bowel movements Abdominal bloating, flatulence.

Softening Agents

Docusate calcium
(Soflax C®, Calax®)
Docusate sodium (Colace®)

Soften stool Mild abdominal cramping.



Make bowels move Mild abdominal cramping, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, vomiting.

Polyethylene glycol (Lax-A-Day®, Pegalax®, Relaxa®, Restoralax®)

  Cramping, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, flatulence, nausea.


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