What Are Osmotic Laxatives?

What Are Osmotic Laxatives? | man-suffering-from-constipation | General Health

Constipation is often associated with straining, hard stools, infrequent bowel movements, and feelings of incomplete evacuation. Ideally, relief can be obtained through dietary and lifestyle changes. However, when these measures do not provide relief, many people turn to laxatives- osmotic laxatives in particular. There are many different kinds of laxatives available and they operate differently. Despite the fact that most are casually advertised on television, side effects are common.

What are Osmotic Laxatives?

Osmotic laxatives stimulate the intestines to absorb excessive amounts of water from the body. The process is slow, sometimes taking days to affect stool consistency. It basically makes diarrhea of the stool for easy passage. The danger is that fluid is pulled from the rest of the body and can cause severe dehydration and depletion of electrolytes. That’s not at all, gas can build up while you wait for the laxative to take effect (remember, it could be up to a few days); this can cause bloating and cramping.

Some of the names that you will see on the market include:

  • Lactulose: Duphalac®, Kristalose®, and Actilax® (Lactulose)
  • Sorbitol: Sorbilax®
  • Polyethylene Glycol Compounds: MiraLAX®
  • Magnesium Hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia): Phillip’s® Milk of Magnesia, Dulcolax® Milk of Magnesia, and Freelax®

Be sure to thoroughly investigate any laxatives before trying them. It’s a good idea to consider that products operate by dehydrating other parts of your body.


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Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

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