Which OTC medications are best for treating chronic constipation?

Which OTC medications are effective at treating chronic constipation?  Lots of products are effective at treating chronic constipation.  First-line therapy to treat chronic constipation is polyethylene glycol (Miralax) or senna. Other good products are stimulant laxatives, fiber supplementation or magnesium-based products.  Psyllium fiber tends to cause bloating and gas.

I, personally, suggest that patients fiddle with the dose of Miralax and take it (daily) if needed.  Miralax never leaves the GI tract meaning that it does not tax the liver or kidneys and it helps draw water into the intestines to keep the stool soft.  The drawback about titrating the dose of Miralax is that if you take too much (for you) when you pass gas, you can pass stool. 

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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