What is Laxatives?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Get Regular Tea

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Laxatives (or purgatives) are foods, compounds, or drugs taken to induce bowel movements or to loosen the stool, most often taken to treat constipation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 17 2
Bowel irritability 8 1
Chronic constipation 4 0
Anal fissures 1 0
Bowel problems 1 0
Impacted bowel 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Laxatives

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Laxatives

Dosage Patients
2 tablet(s) daily 1
4 other daily 1
14 g daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Laxatives

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 3
Did not seem to work 1
Personal research 1
See all 4 patients who've stopped taking Laxatives

Duration

Currently taking Laxatives

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Laxatives

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 0
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Laxatives.