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Medications for Constipation, Acute

About Constipation, Acute

Acute constipation is a condition in which bowel movements are infrequent or incomplete, usually of rapid onset and which may be severe.

Drugs used to treat Constipation, Acute

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
MiraLAX 8.8 17 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

lactulose 7.3 32 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Brand names:  Generlac, Enulose, Kristalose

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Senna S 6.0 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

docusate / senna 8.6 16 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Brand names:  Senna S, Senna Plus, Senokot S, Peri-Colace, Senexon-S, Sennalax-S, Doc-Q-Lax, Dok Plus, Colace 2-in-1, Docuzen, Medi-Laxx, Senna-Time S, SenoSol-SS …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

polyethylene glycol 3350 8.1 21 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Brand names:  MiraLAX, ClearLax, GlycoLax, PEG3350, Purelax, GaviLAX, Gialax, SunMark ClearLax …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Senna Plus 9.0 2 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Senokot S 9.8 6 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Peri-Colace 10 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Generlac Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Enulose Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Senexon-S Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Kristalose Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

ClearLax 9.5 2 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

GlycoLax Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Sennalax-S Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

PEG3350 Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Purelax Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

GaviLAX 1.0 2 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Gialax Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

SunMark ClearLax Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Doc-Q-Lax 8.0 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Dok Plus Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Colace 2-in-1 Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Docuzen Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Medi-Laxx Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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