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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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PHLOE POWDER DRINK SACHETS 15S
$20.04 $20.99
BENEFIBER POWDER 350gm
$28.05 $38.99
NORMACOL GRANULES 500G
$32.03 $35.99
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SENOKOT TABLETS 100
$16.04
NORMACOL GRANULES PLUS 500GM
$32.03 $35.99
PHLOE BOWEL HEALTH 120 CHEWABLE TABS
$37.82 $42.50
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METAMUCIL FIBRECAPSULES 100
$29.82 $33.50
COLOXYL DROPS 30ML
$7.11
BENEFIBER ON THE GO STICK PACK 28S
$12.95 $15.99
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BENEFIBER POWDER 155GM
$16.95 $20.99
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BENEFIBER POWDER 261gm
$22.95 $31.50
BLACKMORES PERITONE TABLETS 60
$13.80 $15.50
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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.   

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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 28/09/16 8:02:27 a.m.
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