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A 60-year-old male asked:

Very good evening doctors. what is the best (gentlest) laxative for intermittent constipation? should i start with just benefiber or metamucil or benefiber or metamucil and a laxative..which one do you recommend please?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Basics: Constipation occurs when stool emptying is not frequent enough or complete enough for stored stool not to dry excessively in the colon. If you increase stooling frequency it may resolve, but assistance with gentile agents like Miralax can help. Miralax granules when added to water retains it tightly for its duration in the body, softening poop.

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Last updated Nov 8, 2020

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