Fortunately, there are a variety of over-the-counter treatment options available to relieve your occasional constipation. Each type of product works differently in your body and the time to relief varies.
|Example||How it Works||Time to Relief|
| Stimulant Tablet
(Taken by mouth)
|Speeds up stool movement by stimulating the bowel muscles||Works overnight|
| Stimulant Suppository
|Speeds up stool movement by stimulating the bowel muscles||Works in minutes|
|Stool Softener||DulcoEase® Stool Softener||Softens the stool in the intestine, making it easier to pass||Works gradually|
|DulcoEase Pink® Stool Softener|
|Osmotic||Miralax®||Draws water into the bowel, providing softer stools and increases frequency of bowel movements||Works in 1 to 3 days|
|Bulk-forming||Metamucil®||Absorbs more fluid in the intestines, making the stool bigger, giving the urge to pass||Works in 12 to 72 hours|
|Lubricant||Mineral Oil||Coats the wall of the intestine so that stools can pass through more easily||Works in 6 to 8 hours|
Miralax® is a registered trademark of Bayer Consumer and Metamucil® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble.