You’re doing all the right things to keep constipation at bay, such as eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and fitting exercise into your routine. But sometimes you might need a little extra help to relieve occasional constipation.

Dulcolax® has a variety of products, from laxative tablets and stool softeners to soft chews and suppositories, to put you comfortably in control.

If you’ve never used Dulcolax® products or a laxative, you’re in luck! We’ve got answers to your most common questions, including how laxatives work, the different kinds of laxatives and how fast they provide relief.

What Is a Laxative?

Simply put, a laxative is a medicine that helps increase bowel movements. If you’re experiencing signs of constipation, laxatives can provide a gentle push in the right direction. But not all laxatives are the same. There are many types of laxatives, and Dulcolax® products feature two of them: saline laxatives and stimulant laxatives. Both saline and stimulant laxatives work differently in the body to help encourage a bowel movement.

Saline Laxatives

How They Work
Saline laxatives work by drawing water into the bowel. This hydrates the stool and makes it easier to pass. Saline laxatives can also help increase the number of bowel movements. An easier time in the bathroom and regular bowel movements? It’s a win-win.

Fast Relief From Dulcolax®
Dulcolax® Soft Chews and Dulcolax® Liquid Laxative are both saline laxatives made with active ingredient magnesium hydroxide. They provide fast, gentle relief when you need it most. In fact, they provide constipation relief within 30 minutes to six hours.

Stimulant Laxatives

How They Work
Stimulant laxatives work by stimulating the bowel muscles to speed up stool movement. They help get things moving. Best of all, Dulcolax® Laxative Tablets are made with active ingredient bisacodyl. Breathe easy — gentle constipation relief is on the way.

Gentle Relief From Dulcolax®
Dulcolax® Laxative Tablets provide relief in 6-12 hours. That means you can take it before bed and wake up to a bowel movement. How’s that for predictable relief?

Stool Softeners

How They Work
Stool softeners are just that — products that help make hard, dry, painful stools softer. They work by softening the stool in the intestine, which makes it easier and more comfortable to pass. Occasional constipation is common during pregnancy, and, when used as directed, stool softeners are a safe, gentle way to keep things moving. If you’re pregnant, please ask a health professional before using.

Dulcolax® Stool Softeners are made with active ingredient docusate sodium to help relieve occasional constipation and irregularity. They provide stimulant-free, gradual relief.

Gradual Relief From Dulcolax®
Dulcolax® Stool Softeners give you gentle, dependable relief of your constipation symptoms in 12-72 hours. Don’t wait for your next bowel movement if you experience hard, dry or painful stools. Ease into relief with Dulcolax® Stool Softeners.


How They Work
Medicated suppositories are stimulant laxatives that are inserted into the rectum. They stimulate the bowel muscles in the intestine to help encourage a bowel movement quickly. Dulcolax® Laxative Suppositories are designed to give you gentle relief in minutes.

Fast Relief From Dulcolax®
Need relief now? Dulcolax® Suppositories help get you going in 15-60 minutes. They’re made with active ingredient bisacodyl, a stimulant, and they’re shaped for comfort.

Which Laxative Is Right for You?

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