Best Constipation Relief Medicine

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Which Constipation Relief Medicine Should I Get?

Let’s face it – constipation is a real downer.

While the condition itself is usually not dangerous or life-threatening, it can cause severe discomfort and affect your lifestyle.

The classic symptoms of constipation include feeling full, hard stools, cramping, and of course, not being able to poop for a few days.

There could be a number of reasons for constipation. However, the most common cause is an imbalanced diet and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Most of the time, treating constipation requires treating the underlying cause, but there are certain constipation medications (laxatives) that can provide instant relief and can be used for the short-run. At Cabinet, you can find the best stool softeners and stimulant laxatives.

For instance, if you have a medical condition that prevents you from putting strain on your pelvic floor, you can opt for our classic Stool Softener for gentle relief. If you’re medically clear for it, you can also use our Laxative – Sennosides.

We also have something for those looking for a powerful punch – a medicine that combines both stool softening and stimulant drugs. And finally, if your entire digestive system is off the track, you can give our classic Antacid a shot.

Let’s look at some more details of those medicine:

Stool Softener & Laxative

This powerful laxative combines the power of a stool softener and a stimulant laxative to get those bowel movements kicking. This medicine is meant to provide overnight relief and takes 6 to 12 hours to work.

How does it work? Our Stool Softener & Laxative comes in the form of tablets. Each tablet includes two active ingredients – 8.6 mg of Sennosides (the stimulant) and 50 mg of Docusate Sodium (stool softening drug). The purpose of using both is to have them compliment the effects of one another. The Docusate Sodium helps reduce the surface tension of the stool that’s still inside your intestines, encouraging absorption of moisture. This makes it softer and easier to pass. Meanwhile, the Sennosides (a laxative extracted from the Senna plant) irritates the intestinal walls, causing contractions, which aids in moving the (now soft) stool.

What should I know about it? While this medicine can be acquired OTC, there are certain precautions that you must take. First and foremost, if you’re currently taking mineral oil (a natural laxative), don’t take this medicine unless your doctor says so. Furthermore, if you’re suffering from stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or you’ve been noticing a change in your bowel habits for the past two weeks, consult a physician before taking this laxative. Finally, after taking this medicine, if you experience rectal bleeding or the constipation persists, contact your physician immediately.

Compares to: This product compares to the active ingredients found in Senokot-S®.

Best for: People who need a quick and powerful overnight relief against constipation (such as those who are about to travel).


Our Laxative – Sennosides is a stimulant laxative that can provide quick and effective, yet gentle relief against constipation. It takes between 6 to 12 hours for this medicine to kick in.

How does it work? As you can probably tell, this medicine includes 8.6 mg of Sennosides as the one and only active ingredient. To reiterate, Sennosides work by stimulating your intestines. This induces contractions, which helps move the blocked stool through the intestine.

What should I know about it? Like all other laxatives, you shouldn’t use this medicine on a regular basis. In fact, it is highly advised that you don’t take this product for more than a week, unless your doctor says otherwise. Furthermore, if you experience any serious physical side-effects, such as rectal bleeding, contact your physician. Last but not least, for the best results, take this medicine before you go to bed.

Compares to: This product compares to the active ingredients found in Senokot®.

Best for: Our Laxatives – Sennosides is perfect for people who aren’t experience bowel movements despite taking fiber supplements, enough water, and trying other home remedies.

Stool Softener

Our classic Stool Softener provides the gentlest constipation relief. It doesn’t use any stimulants to do the magic, but directly reacts with the hard stool, delivering relief between 12 and 72 hours.

How does it work? This product is available as softgels. Each softgel packs 100 mg of Docusate Sodium, which, as we discussed earlier, is a stool softening drug. It works by simply reducing the surface tension of the hard stool that’s clogged inside your intestines, aiding in the absorption of water. This makes the stool softer and defecation much easier (and pain-free).

What should I know about it? As is the case with all stool softeners, if you’re currently taking mineral oil for any reason, you shouldn’t take this medicine. First, consult your doctor, and if they think that it’s acceptable to take both at the same time considering your situation, go ahead. The rest of the precautions are exactly the same as the previous medicine’s.

Compares to: This product compares to Colace® Gel Caps in terms of active ingredients used.

Best for: This product is perfect for individuals who want a gentle relief against constipation, without straining their pelvic floor (such as heart disease and hemorrhoids patients, or those who just had surgery).


The last product on our list isn’t primarily meant to be used as constipation medicine, but can work just as fine. The standard Antacid is great for indigestion and can be highly effective at treating occasional constipation.

How does it work? The product comes in the form of tablets, with each containing 400 mg of Magnesium Oxide as the only ingredient. Primarily, this drug is used to treat indigestion/acidity. However, it can also work as a laxative (osmotic laxative, to be specific) by increasing the influx of water in your intestines. This, in turn, encourages a higher absorption of moisture, making the hard stool easier to pass. It’s very similar to Milk of Magnesia in that sense.

What should I know about it? If you have any sort of kidney disease, consult your physician before you start taking this OTC medicine. The same applies to anyone who's on any prescription drug, as Magnesium Oxide could interact with it. Furthermore, two tablets a day usually suffice. However, it's best that you follow the instructions of your doctor.

Compares to: This constipation relief medicine compares to Phillips’ Magnesium Caplets.

Best for: This product is perfect for those who need gentle constipation relief without resorting to stimulant laxatives (such as castor oil) or hyperosmotic laxatives (such as glycerin).

Why Buy Constipation Medicine from Cabinet?

Why even lie – you can find perfect alternatives for all of the medicine listed above in your local drug stores.

If that’s the case, what makes Cabinet so special? We’re glad you asked.

Whether you’re after constipation, pain, flu, or cold relief medicine, or just want something to help you sleep well at night, here’s why you should give Cabinet a shot:

The Best Price in the Market

The best thing about Cabinet is that we never over-charge our customers.

All of our medicine complies with market rates. We don’t believe in generating more profit than we deserve – a core value that we’re proud of.

To play our role in helping our customers cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering a “pay-what-you-can” policy that entitles the deserving folks to special discounts.

Delivered to Your Doorstep

Tired of making runs to your local pharmacy to replenish your medicine cabinet?

You can put those keys down and kick back – with Cabinet, you can order your OTC medicine from the comfort of your living room and have them delivered to your doorstep.

As of now, we deliver all over the US, except for Oregon and Louisiana.

100% Safe and Reliable

Skeptical about the safety and reliability of our products?

Don’t take our word for it – listen to the FDA.

All of our products are tested rigorously by the Food and Drug Administration, including the facilities in India where they are manufactured.

All the Information at Your Fingertips

Last but not least, at Cabinet, we have nothing to hide from our customers.

We’re completely transparent and have publicly shared all of the specific details of our products.

While you can find those details on our website, you can also leverage the NFC-enabled packaging of our products.

Simply scan the Cabinet logo on the bottle of your constipation relief medicine with a mobile device, and conveniently get all of the information at your fingertips.

What Are the Different Types of Laxatives?

Depending on the individual’s existing condition, they can be prescribed/use the following types of laxatives:

1. Stool Softeners – as discussed earlier, this specific type of laxatives works by softening hard stools by lowering their surface tension and encouraging absorption of moisture.

2. Osmotic laxatives – these laxative increase the influx of water/moisture, which is then absorbed by the clogged waste, making it easier to pass. A common household brand of osmotic laxatives is Miralax®.

3. Stimulant Laxatives – these laxatives, as the name suggests, stimulate the intestinal walls and cause contractions, aiding in bowel movements. Two most common brands of stimulant laxatives are Dulcolax® and Correctol® (Bisacodyl).

4. Bulk-Forming Laxatives/Bulking Agents – these work by increasing the volume of stools, which encourages bowel movements. Some common brands include Metamucil®, FiberCon®, and Citrucel® (Methylcellulose).

In addition to the above, there are saline, prokinetic, and lubricant laxatives, as well.

While you can purchase them without a prescription, it is advised that you consult your physician first.

For instance, if the causes of constipation are underlying medical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, or colon cancer, you may be advised to steer clear of certain medicine.

Are There Any Side-Effects of Constipation Relief Medicine?

Laxatives don’t pose any threat and most are sold over the counter.

If everything else checks out, you won’t feel a difference (except, of course, the urge to defecate after a few hours).

However, you could experience the following symptoms:

1. Nausea

2. Bloating

3. Flatulence

4. Cramping

5. Urine discoloration

In case you experience the following, more-serious symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:

1. Rectal bleeding or bloody stools

2. Skin rash

3. Dizziness and confusion

4. Irregular palpitations in the heart

Furthermore, do NOT use a laxative as a solution for weight loss. Taking certain types of constipation medicine on a regular basis can seriously affect your health.

How to Avoid Constipation in the First Place?

Here are some quick tips to treat constipation (and prevent it in the first place):

1. Make sure you’re getting enough dietary fiber. Prune, prune juice, apples, spinach, whole grain, and beans are great sources, and can help maintain a normal stool consistency.

2. Increase the in-take of water and other fluids to prevent hard stools. This is especially true for those suffering from chronic constipation.

3. For a healthy digestive tract, take foods that are rich in probiotics, such as yogurt.

Finally, find ways to manage stress levels (such as exercising and meditation), as it can have a significant impact on your digestive health.

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