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Most medical professionals describe constipation as having less than three bowel movements in a week. Everyone experiences constipation every now and then, but, for some, it happens frequently and causes extreme discomfort. For people who experience this type of constipation, laxatives are often the only way to find relief. Several types of laxatives available over-the-counter can effectively relieve constipation.

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1. Constipation and Types of Laxatives

Over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives can treat constipation as well as prevent it from occurring in the first place. There are five types of laxatives, and they each work differently. Laxatives should be treated like any other OTC medication. Read the label carefully and follow the directions when taking them. Each type has its own guidelines, and it is important to be informed about any medication you are putting into your body.

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