Differences between stool softeners and other laxatives
Reviewed by Alan Carter, PharmD
Stool softeners and other laxatives are standard treatments for occasional constipation. But what are they, and which products are best for constipation relief?
Laxatives are products that help people to poop by causing bowel movements. Stool softeners are a type of laxative that works by drawing water into the stool, making it softer and more comfortable to pass.
All laxatives work in different ways, each with the intention of helping to relieve constipation. Understanding the differences between laxatives and stool softeners may help a person decide which one to use.
Anyone dealing with regular constipation may also choose to make a few changes to their diet and lifestyle, which might help regulate their bowel movements.