What is the best over the counter treatment for constipation?

This question was asked in Phoenix, Arizona on 06/15/2012.
What is the best way to treat periodic or occasional constipation? Is there a specific product that works best that doesn't cause cramping?

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 6/28/2012

There are several medications for constipation that can be purchased OTC. You should talk with you family doctor who can advise you, based on information about your overall health, in regard to what product would be best for you to use.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 6/19/2012

Miralax is the one I recommend most but if it is more severe problem, you should see a doctor.