There are various types of laxatives and they all work differently so it's important to talk to your doctor before taking laxatives. Types of laxatives include:
- bulking agents
The correct choice for your needs is very important and a GP or continence can help you select the one that is appropriate for you. Do not try to work out dosages yourself as the problem may get worse.
Also remember that the over-use of stimulant laxatives can cause a 'lazy bowel' resulting in difficulty in long-term bowel management.
It is important to contact your doctor if you have been constipated for 2-3 days or more. Sometimes an initial suppository or enema is needed to clear the rectum of constipated stool which is then followed up with a different management plan.
Always consult your doctor if constipation persists and make sure your doctor prescribes you with a long-term management plan if you get constipated regularly.