Constipation demystified.

Fact: There are many myths out there about constipation. Here are a few of them.

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The Lax-A powder and tablet products are flavourless.

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The average person passes gas 13 to 21 times per day, but not all laxatives increase gas.

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Laxatives of any kind should be taken two hours before or after prescription meds to ensure that you don’t reduce the desired effect of the latter. Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using a new medication.

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Overuse or extended use of any laxative may cause dependence for bowel function and should not be taken for more than one week unless recommended by a physician.

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That depends on the type of laxative you take. The Lax-A family has treatment options for immediate relief, overnight relief, daily use and a more gentle option that doesn’t trigger an uncomfortable or urgent need to go.

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What’s practical for one person isn’t practical for another. The Lax-A family provides oral powders, coated tablets and rectal enemas to accommodate a range of needs.

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Overnight laxatives can be the best option for some people, as they are generally effective in triggering bowel movements the following morning, but they are a stronger form of treatment and can cause abdominal discomfort.

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Constipation can be triggered by different factors including a lack of exercise or a change in your lifestyle. If you have an unbalanced diet and you’re not getting enough fluids and/or fibre, you may suffer from constipation. Ask your pharmacist for the best way to find relief.