What is Constipation?

Constipation occurs when bowel movements lessen and stools are hard to pass. Straining, hard stools, incomplete bowl emptying, and less than three bowel movements a week are a few symptoms of constipation.

Treatment for constipation includes medication, fiber, and an increase in water intake. Common classes of medication include osmotic laxatives, chloride channel activators, stimulant laxatives, and stool softener laxatives.

Savings Tips for Constipation

  • Constipation From Your Medications: What’s the Best Treatment?

    August 06, 2018

    Pain medications like opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a major cause of constipation, often creating a bigger struggle than the original illness that led you to start taking them. So, why does medication-induced constipation happen and how do you treat it?

    Why does constipation happen?

    Opioids like Vicodin, Norco and Tylenol with codeine and other medications can affect the nerves in parts of the stomach and intestine (particularly the colon) and block the gastrointestinal tract from having peristaltic movements that normally move food along. See More

  • Recall: Diocto (Docusate Sodium) for Constipation

    July 29, 2016

    Manufacturer PharmaTech and distributor Rugby Laboratories have issued a voluntary recall of all unexpired Diocto (docusate sodium). Diocto is a over-the-counter stool softener, used to relieve constipation.

    This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the likelihood of serious adverse effects is small. See More

  • Movantik: New FDA Approved Drug for Constipation

    September 22, 2014

    Movantik (naloxegol) is a new drug for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult with chronic non-cancer pain—basically, it’s used to prevent constipation when you’re prescribed an opioid for pain relief. It was approved by the FDA on September 16, 2014, and should be available in the first half of 2015.

    Why does a medication like Movantik help?

    Usually, once opioid pain medications are absorbed by the body for pain relief, they’ll also bind to receptors in the stomach and cause constipation. See More

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Popular Constipation Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Stool Softener Laxatives 6 See Prices
Stool Softener Laxatives 6 See Prices
Stool Softener Laxatives 6 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Constipation Drug Classes

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