How Do Bulk-producing Laxatives Work?

Reviewed on 6/7/2021

WHAT ARE BULK-PRODUCING LAXATIVES AND HOW DO THEY WORK?

Bulk-producing laxatives or fiber supplements are a class of laxatives used for treating constipation. They work similarly to fiber and increase stool weight and consistency. They also work by absorbing water to make the stool soft and easier to pass. The bulk formed stimulates the intestinal muscles to contract naturally, causing the feces to move along.

HOW ARE BULK-PRODUCING LAXATIVES USED?

As bulk-producing laxatives soften the stool, they are mainly used to treat:

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF BULK-PRODUCING LAXATIVES?

Bulk-producing laxatives, when taken orally, can cause these side effects:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE DRUG NAMES OF BULK-PRODUCING LAXATIVES?

Generic and brand names of bulk-producing laxative drugs include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/laxatives-bulk-producing

https://www.medicinenet.com/bulk-producing_laxatives-oral/article.htm

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