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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 Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
MiraLax C N 11 reviews
8.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

lactulose B N 18 reviews
7.0

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Brand names:  Generlac, Enulose, Duphalac, Kristalose, Constulose …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Senna S N N 1 review
4.0

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

docusate / senna N N 13 reviews
8.0

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Brand names:  Senna S, Senokot S, Senna Plus, Peri-Colace, Doculax, Senexon-S, Sennalax-S, Doc-Q-Lax, Dok Plus, Gentlax S, SenoSol-SS …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

Senokot S N N 4 reviews
9.0

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

polyethylene glycol 3350 C N 13 reviews
8.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

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

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Senna Plus N N 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Peri-Colace N N 1 review
10

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Doculax N N 1 review
5.0

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Generlac B N Add review Rate

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Enulose B N Add review Rate

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Duphalac B N 1 review
7.0

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Kristalose B N Add review
3.0

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Senexon-S N N Add review Rate

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

GlycoLax C N Add review Rate

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Sennalax-S N N Add review Rate

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

ClearLax C N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Constulose B N Add review Rate

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Purelax C N Add review Rate

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Doc-Q-Lax N N 1 review
8.0

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Dok Plus N N Add review Rate

Generic name: docusate / senna systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

GaviLAX C N Add review Rate

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Gialax C N Add review Rate

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

PEG3350 C N Add review Rate

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

SunMark ClearLax C N Add review Rate

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
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 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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