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Laxatives

Laxatives are consumed by people who suffer from constipation to help ease bowel movements.  On this page, we offer a wide selection of laxative products, ranging from medicines to natural or homeopathic preparations, so you can choose the best product to suit your needs.  What is constipation? Causes Symptoms Treatment Types of laxatives

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Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
DULCOLAX TABLETS 5MG 100
DULCOLAX TABLETS 5MG 100
SKU 270423
$17.99
Average rating:
Relieves constipation and helps restore regularity.
GLYCEROL SUPPOSITORIES 3 6GM 20 PSM
GLYCEROL SUPPOSITORIES 3 6GM 20 PSM
SKU 778338
$18.99
Glycerol Suppositories offers a fast, effective yet gentle way to relieve occasional constipation. It acts within 15 to 60 minutes upon taking.
COLOXYL WITH SENNA TABLETS 90
COLOXYL WITH SENNA TABLETS 90
SKU 616249
$14.99
Coloxyl with Senna tablet assists those who suffer from constipation. It contains two active ingredients Senna, a gentle stimulant to encourage the return of normal movement, and Docusate Sodium, a stool softener that helps ensure your comfort.
SENOKOT TABLETS 100
SENOKOT TABLETS 100
SKU 267201
$16.99
  • Provides comfortable overnight relief .
  • This is a natural source laxative
DULCOLAX ADULT SUPPOSITORIES 10MG 6
DULCOLAX ADULT SUPPOSITORIES 10MG 6
SKU 270385
$8.99
  • Relieves constipation and irregularity fast .
  • Comfort-shaped medicated suppository for rectal use only
NORMACOL GRANULES PLUS 500GM
NORMACOL GRANULES PLUS 500GM
SKU 275328
$35.99
  • This is a natural fibre supplement .
  • Designed to provide bulk in the bowel .
  • Has Sterculia with Frangula Bark .
  • Avoids the feeling of fullness or bloating
Your Price!BENEFIBER 500G
BENEFIBER 500G
SKU 2510782
$42.50$37.81
Benefiber is your 100% natural fibre source you can easily add to food or drink without changing the taste or texture.
COLOXYL AND SENNA TABLETS 30
COLOXYL AND SENNA TABLETS 30
SKU 616222
$7.99
  • Assists you when you are suffering from constipation .
  • Provides the stimulant (senna) to encourage the return of normal bowel movement .
  • Contains a stool softener (docusate sodium) to help ensure your comfort and well-being .
  • Provides relief the next morning
PHLOE BOWEL HEALTH CHEWABLE TABLETS 30
PHLOE BOWEL HEALTH CHEWABLE TABLETS 30
SKU 2439654
$21.99
Phloe Bowel Health Chewable Tablet is a triple action relief for constipation. Formulated with probiotics, enzymes and fibre, this 100% all natural digestive aid is clinically shown to help keep your bowel movement regular.
PHLOE BIOTICS 50 CAPSULES
PHLOE BIOTICS 50 CAPSULES
SKU 2519976
$39.99
DULCOLAX TABLETS 30
DULCOLAX TABLETS 30
SKU 270415
$8.50
Dulcolax is a laxative for a gentle return to natural regularity, which works on contact with the large intestine to help restore your body's normal pattern.
PHLOE HEALTHY BOWEL CAPSULES 50
PHLOE HEALTHY BOWEL CAPSULES 50
SKU 2256916
$25.35
Made with 100% natural ingredient derived entirely from New Zealand green kiwifruit, which has known properties to help keep bowel movements regular and help with long-term intestinal health.
PHLOE HEALTHY BOWEL CAPSULES 30
PHLOE HEALTHY BOWEL CAPSULES 30
SKU 2256924
$20.99
  • Clinically proven to promote regular bowel movements
  • For short and long term bowel health
  • Triple Action Complex Prebiotics, Enzymes +amp; Fibre
  • 100% natural active ingredient Zyactinase (from kiwifruit)
  • Assists the body to absorb the optimal level of nutrients from food
BENEFIBER POWDER 155GM
BENEFIBER POWDER 155GM
SKU 2258749
$20.99
Average rating:
  • Non-thickening natural fiber powder .
  • Sugar-free .
  • Taste-free .
  • Great for cooking .
  • Dissolves completely in beveragesÅ and soft foods
COLOXYL DROPS 30ML
COLOXYL DROPS 30ML
SKU 252816
$7.99
  • Formulated to treat constipation in infants and young children .
  • Increases the fluid content and bulk of the stools .
  • Added to a feeding bottle or fruit juice
METAMUCIL FIBRECAPSULES 100
METAMUCIL FIBRECAPSULES 100
SKU 2235811
$32.50
  • Assists in your bodies natural toxin removal .
  • Helps you feel lighter .
  • Helps you feel more active .
  • Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
PHLOE ZYME 50 CAPSULES
PHLOE ZYME 50 CAPSULES
SKU 2520567
$39.99
PHLOE CHEWABLE TABS 50
PHLOE CHEWABLE TABS 50
SKU 2384965
$21.25
  • Kiwi-tropical flavoured
  • Perfect for busy people, travellers or kids
  • 100% natural (from Kiwifruit)
  • Promotes long-term intestinal health
GOOD HEALTH MG LAX 60 CAPSULES
GOOD HEALTH MG LAX 60 CAPSULES
SKU 2049341
$21.50
PHLOE BOWEL HEALTH 120 CHEWABLE TABS
PHLOE BOWEL HEALTH 120 CHEWABLE TABS
SKU 2439670
$42.50
Phloe Bowel Health 120 Chewable Tabs

What is constipation?

The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person. Some pass stools more than once a day while others move their bowels once or twice a week.  However, if a person does not have a bowel movement for more than three days this is where the problem occurs, and a person may be considered constipated.  After three days, the stool or faeces become harder and more difficult to pass.   

What causes constipation?

  • The most common causes of constipation are:
  • Lack of fibre in the diet. Foods rich in fibre includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Lack of physical activity or exercise. Being physically active increases metabolism and therefore aids in digestion, which prevents constipation.
  • Some drugs like antidepressants, narcotic pain drugs, some anticonvulsants, calcium channel blocking drugs and aluminum containing antacids and diuretics.
  • Milk can also cause constipation in some people.
  • Not going to the toilet when you feel the urge.
  • Lack of water or dehydration
  • Other times a person might be prone to constipation:
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • When travelling
  • Abusive use of laxatives
  • Some diseases or medical conditions

What are the symptoms?

  • Some of the tell tale signs that you may be suffering from constipation are:
  • You have fewer bowel movements than usual.
  • You strain when moving your bowel.
  • You have hard or small stools.
  • You feel that there is still something left and not everything was released.
  • You experience abdominal pain or bloated abdomen.

What are your treatment options?

  • In most cases, constipation resolves itself without causing serious health threats. However, in cases when there is recurring constipation, it is best to evaluate your condition. You can take the following steps to help resolve constipation:
  • Lifestyle change - eat a healthier diet which includes fibre foods, drink plenty of water, and be active.
  • Take laxatives in moderation.
  • Consult with your doctor and find out what could be the underlying illness causing constipation.

What are the different types of laxatives?

Plant based or natural - perhaps the most common. These comprise of high fibre food.
Bulk producing agents - these are compounds that work on the small and large intestines. These work between 12 to 72 hours and make the stool become bulkier and retain more water. Examples of this are: psyllium husk, methylcellulose, dietary fiber and polycarbophil.
Stool softeners or surfactants - Like the bulking agents, these also work between 12 to 72 hours. These cause fats and water to penetrate the stool to help it move more easily through the digestive system.  These lose their efficacy when used for a long period of time so will only take effect in people with occasional constipation. Example: Ducosate
Lubricants or emollients - Working in the colon and usually taking from 6 to 8 hours, these make the stool slippery so it can move down the intestine faster and easier. Example: mineral oil
Hydrating agents or osmotics - these help by making the intestine hydrated by concentrating the water within. This then leads to softening of the stool.
Stimulants - work in the colon by stimulating the wave of contractions that pass along the colon. This in effect propels the stools along. Examples are: Dulcolax, Senna, Aloin, Bisocodyl Suppository.
Castor Oil - works directly in the small intestine on the mucosa in the intestines. This alters the water and electrolyte secretion. Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
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