Best Laxatives

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What are the Best Laxatives?

Let’s be honest – constipation can have a significant impact on your day-to-day quality of life.

Feeling bloated or full, soldiering through cramps, and panicking over how you haven’t been to the toilet in a few days—no one in the world wants to feel that way.

That being said, constipation is still one of the most common gastrointestinal problems in the US. According to one source, about 42 million Americans suffer from constipation every year.

There could be several reasons behind this astronomical figure, but the most common culprit is an imbalanced diet.

If you happen to be one of the people making up that statistic and have tried every natural remedy, it may be time to use laxatives.

As a quick refresher—laxatives are substances that promote bowel movements.

Depending on the severity of your occasional constipation (and the underlying reason for it), you can find the perfect solution for your condition on Cabinet.

For instance, if you want gentle relief (without a stimulant), you can opt for our Stool Softener or Antacid (which also works for indigestion).

For gentle relief with the aid of stimulants, you can get a bottle of Laxative – Sennosides.

There’s also a powerful overnight solution that combines the magic of stimulant and stool softening laxatives.

Let’s dive into the specifics of each of these products.

Stool Softener & Laxative

Need strong relief from constipation? Our Stool Softener & Laxative is the perfect solution. As mentioned above, this product combines two common types of laxatives—stool softener and stimulants—to provide a relatively quick, overnight relief.

How does it work? The product comes in the form of tablets, each containing 50 mg of Docusate Sodium (the stool softener) and 8.6 mg of Sennosides (the stimulant laxative) as the active ingredients. The Docusate Sodium works by reducing the surface tension of the stool in your gut, allowing it to absorb more water and become softer. That way, the stool becomes easier to pass. To make the entire process easier, the Sennosides (an extract of the Senna plant) steps in, which irritates the intestinal walls, causing contractions, and encouraging bowel movement.

What should I know about it? If you’re currently taking mineral oil or any other type of laxative, don’t use this product (unless your health care provider says otherwise). In case your constipation is accompanied by stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and/or a sudden change in bowel habits, consult your physician before use. Furthermore, if you notice rectal bleeding and/or the constipation persists, stop using it immediately and talk to your physician.

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).


The next product on the list is the same as the previous one, minus the stool softener. It only includes Sennosides as the active ingredients, which, as we’ve already discussed, is a stimulant laxative.

How does it work? This product includes Sennosides 8.6 mg as the active ingredient. In 6 to 12 hours, you can experience a gentle relief, provided that you don’t have a more serious underlying condition. Sennosides are also used to clear out the large intestine of a patient who is about to undergo a colonoscopy or a surgical procedure.

What should I know about it? As with most laxatives, you shouldn’t use this product for more than a week (unless your physician says otherwise). Furthermore, if you experience rectal bleeding, stop using the medicine immediately and contact your physician for instructions. While not necessary, you should take this product right before you go to bed for the best results.

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

Best for: Laxatives – Sennosides is best for those who are unable to get bowel movements despite increasing their intake of fluids and fiber.

Stool Softener

The third product on our list is a classic Stool Softener. This product provides a very gentle, stimulant-free relief against constipation.

How does it work? The product comes in the form of softgels, with each including 100 mg of Docusate Sodium. As mentioned earlier, Docusate Sodium is a type of OTC stool softening laxative. It works by decreasing the surface tension of the stool that is inside your intestines. This results in the absorption of moisture, which makes the stool softer, and thus, easier to pass. It takes 12 to 72 hours for this laxative to work.

What should I know about it? If you’re taking mineral oil (a lubricant laxative), don’t use this product. Only take this product with a lubricant laxative if your physician recommends it. The rest of the precautions are the same as the previous products.

Compares to: In terms of active ingredients, this product compares to Colace® Gel Caps.

Best for: This product is perfect for individuals who want a gentle, strain-free relief against constipation (especially those at risk of heart attacks or those who have just had surgery).


The last product is a two-in-one. Originally, it’s meant to treat indigestion. However, it can also be used to provide stimulant-free relief against constipation.

How does it work? This medicine includes 400 mg of Magnesium Oxide as the only active ingredient. This drug provides effective relief against acidity. It can also work as an osmotic laxative by drawing water in your intestines, encouraging the absorption of moisture by the stool (just like Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Hydroxide, and Milk of Magnesia). This, in turn, makes it easier to pass.

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 your doctor’s instructions.

Compares to: This product compares to Phillips’ Magnesium Caplets.

Best for: Individuals who want gentle, stimulant-free relief against constipation without any stimulant or stool softening laxative.

Why Choose Cabinet?

You can find safe OTC alternatives for all of the laxatives listed above, so why should you opt for Cabinet?

Here are a few solid reasons:

1. We Believe in Fair Pricing

Pharmaceutical companies and retailers get a bad rep because they’ve supposedly turned ailments and diseases into a business.

However, at Cabinet, all of our products are fairly priced. We don’t believe in maximizing profits with unrealistic price tags.

Staying true to our values, we’re offering a special "pay-what-you-can" policy, through which you may be entitled to receive special discounts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talk to one of our reps to learn more.

2. Delivered to Your Doorstep

Another great thing about buying your medicine from Cabinet is the convenience.

We will deliver all of our products to your doorstep, so there’s no need to run to your local drug store to restock on laxatives.

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

3. Completely Transparent

Interested in learning more about our products?

No problem. When it comes to our medicine, we’ve got nothing to hide.

All of our products come in special NFC-enabled packaging. For those who aren’t tech-savvy, with this technology, you can get complete information about any medicine by simply scanning the Cabinet logo on the bottle with a mobile device.

4. Approved by the FDA

Last but not least, all of our products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Our products are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities in India, which have been audited by the FDA. Those facilities, along with the medicine they produce, meet the standards of safety and quality.

How to Avoid Getting Constipated and Maintain a Healthy Digestive System

As mentioned earlier, there could be a number of reasons for constipation.

They can range from simple lifestyle factors, to mild complications (such as eating disorders and irritable bowel syndrome), to more serious conditions (such as colon cancer).

If constipation is a symptom of an underlying medical or psychological condition, treating the underlying cause is the way to go.

However, in other cases, making small lifestyle changes is all you need.

For that purpose, you can:

Add fruits (prunes, berries, peaches, etc.), vegetables (spinach), and whole grains to your diet, as they’re rich in fiberIncrease the intake of fluidsEngage in activities that help reduce stress levels

Finally, whenever possible, try not to suppress bowel movements.

Are There Any Side-Effects of Taking Laxatives?

Before diving into the specifics, let’s clear one thing up – there are different types of laxatives. These include:

1. Bulk-Forming Laxatives/Bulking Agents – these increase the volume of stools. They’re most commonly available as fiber supplements. A few common brands include Metamucil®, FiberCon®, and Citrucel® (Methylcellulose).

2. Osmotic laxatives – these increase the secretion of moisture inside the intestines, making it easier to pass the waste. Miralax® is a common brand of osmotic laxatives.

3. Stool Softeners (Emollient Laxatives) – these are used to soften hard stools by lowering their surface tension and encouraging absorption of moisture.

4. Stimulant Laxatives – these interact with the intestinal walls, inducing contractions, resulting in bowel movements. Dulcolax®, Ex-Lax®, and Correctol® (Bisacodyl) are common household brands. Castor oil is another common stimulant laxative.

Other types include prokinetic, lubricant, and saline laxatives (such as Fleet Phospho-soda).

Different types of laxatives work differently. Therefore, the side-effects may vary.

However, the most common side-effects include:

1. Bloating

2. Cramping

3. Nausea

4. Dehydration

If you experience rectal bleeding or any other alarming symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

Are Laxatives Safe for Long-Term Use?

Again, this depends on which type of laxative you’re referring to.

For long-term use, bulk-forming laxatives are believed to be the safest. In any case, it’s best that you turned towards your physician for advice.

Furthermore, do not use laxatives as a solution for weight loss. Laxative abuse can lead to serious medical complications.

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