Constipation: Nearly everyone faces it at some point. The inability to pass a bowel movement can be frustrating and painful, but drinking plenty of water and eating fiber-rich foods may bring relief. If that doesn't work, stimulant laxatives irritate the intestinal lining, helping to induce bowel movements. Make sure to read labels carefully and follow the appropriate dosage. Also see bulk/fiber laxatives and stool softeners.

Product Name Percent of Pharmacists' Votes
Dulcolax 43.0%
Senokot/Senokot-S 42.0%
Peri-Colace 10.0%
Ex-Lax 2.0%
Fleet 1.0%

See Other Laxatives—Stimulant Products

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