What is an osmatic laxative and now does it differ from other laxatives? I drink plenty of water daily. Const. Due to Paxil (paroxetine).

Osmotic laxative. Osmotic laxatives work in bulk to pull more water into the large intestine to keep the stool soft. They tend to be very gentle but results will take a little time (days). Other laxatives are bowel irritants - and they do just that. They cause irritation that causes the bowels to increase activity to force a bowel movement. Long term use of irritant laxatives can cause significant problems.