Over-the-counter laxatives can be helpful for occasional use, but if you have chronic constipation, you should discuss any laxative use with your doctor. Some common over-the-counter laxatives include:
- Magnesium (Milk of Magnesia)
- Polyethylene glycol (Miralax)
- Stool softeners: Docusate (Colace)
- Oral stimulants: Bisacodyl (Dulcolax), Senna (Senokot)
- Rectal suppositories
Laxatives can be habit-forming, and long-term use can have negative side effects, including pain and cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and electrolyte imbalances.