Should I be worried if I need a laxative?

When to turn to laxatives to help find relief from constipation

Constipation is pretty common. Every year, about 1 in 4 Canadians experience difficult or infrequent bowel movements. While “normal” numbers may vary from person to person, passing fewer than 3 stools per week is generally considered a sign of constipation. And though talking to your doctor about it is a good idea, occasional constipation isn’t worth worrying too much about.

Obviously, your main concern will be to get relief. Adding more fiber-rich foods and water to your diet is a good place to start, as well as regular exercise. Plus, you can add foods with probiotics and prebiotics, such as yogurt, kefir, bananas, whole-grain breads and honey, which help soften stool and ease its passage through the colon. But if these changes don’t help as much as you’d like, don’t hesitate to try a common, easy-to-use option like a laxative.

For dependable relief of occasional constipation in adults and in children 6 years and older, there’s always Dulcolax. A convenient oral tablet, Dulcolax® is available on the shelf at your local pharmacy. And it provides effective relief, often with just one tablet.