A drug may be classified by the chemical type of the active ingredient or by the way it is used to treat a particular condition. Each drug can be classified into one or more drug classes.
Laxatives are drugs used to increase or stimulate the frequency of bowel evacuation (also called cathartic or purgative) or to encourage the passage of a bulkier or softer stool. Laxatives are used to relieve constipation. The common laxatives are the stimulants, stool softeners, bulking agents, lubricants and hyperosmotic agents.
Subscribe to receive email notifications whenever new articles are published.
Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Data sources include Micromedex® (updated Sep 2nd, 2016), Cerner Multum™ (updated Sep 5th, 2016), Wolters Kluwer™ (updated Aug 8th, 2016) and others. To view content sources and attributions, please refer to our editorial policy.