Constipation, or irregularity, occurs when a person’s bowel movements become difficult or when they occur less frequently than the person is used to. Constipation may occur when stool moves slowly through the colon, which could allow too much water to be removed. This can make the stool hard, dry and difficult to pass. Normal stools are soft and formed, and passed without straining.
You may experience additional symptoms beyond difficulty with bowel movements, such as abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating, and even fatigue, achiness or irritability.
The good news is there are plenty of ways to help prevent constipation. Adding high-fibre foods, including oats, wheat bran and brown rice, to your diet can help. Natural fibre is also found in apples, apricots, blackberries, prunes, raw carrots, kale and peas. Staying active and exercising to your ability can help keep things moving along. Make sure to consult a doctor before starting a new exercise regimen. And the easiest tip: Drink plenty of water and other liquids.
Some common causes of constipation can include lack of exercise, diet, stress, travel or any other changes in your daily routine.
Sometimes constipation can just be caused by a slower digestive system. It is also easy to resist the urge to go to the bathroom, especially when things get busy. The unfortunate result: postponing a bowel movement may actually contribute to irregularity.
Some medical conditions and various medications can contribute to constipation. Some common types of medications could include: pain medications, antacids that contain aluminum or calcium, antispasmodic drugs, antidepressants, supplements containing iron or calcium, anticonvulsants for epilepsy, and drugs for Parkinson's and heart conditions. Check with your doctor or pharmacist regarding how your medications might be affecting your digestive health.
There is a wide range of "normal" when it comes to bowel movements. Everyone's normal is different. The average person can go anywhere from three times a day to three times a week. It is important to know what is normal for you, so you can recognize when you are experiencing constipation.
RestoraLAX® (Polyethylene Glycol 3350) is an effective laxative that helps relieve you from occasional constipation without the side effects of gas, bloating, cramps or sudden urgency. It works by drawing water to the stool, helping to soften and to increase the frequency of bowel movements.
RestoraLAX® works to restore your body’s natural rhythm. It allows bowel movements to occur more normally and lets you feel relief from occasional constipation without the side effects of cramping, bloating or gas.
RestoraLAX® is taken once daily. The taste-free and grit-free powder dissolves easily and completely when stirred into 8 oz/250 mL of water or any other non-alcoholic beverage, hot or cold. Each bottle top has a measuring cap, marked to contain 17 grams of powder when filled to the indicated line (white section in cap). Single-dose packets of RestoraLAX® are also available. Ensure that the powder is fully dissolved before drinking. Do not drink if there are any clumps.
Do not take any type of laxative for more than one week unless recommended by a doctor.
The indicated dose is 17g. To take RestoraLAX®, use the bottle top, as it is a measuring cap. Fill the measuring cap to the top of the white section, which is marked to indicate the correct dose (17g). Adults (>18 years): Take one dose (17g) daily. Stir and dissolve in 8 ounces (250 mL) of beverage (cold, hot or room temperature) and then drink. RestoraLAX® dissolves easily and completely in everyday beverages like water, juice, coffee or tea. Do not take more than directed, unless advised by a doctor. Ensure that the powder is fully dissolved before drinking. Do not drink if there are any clumps. For the RestoraLAX® Mix-in Pax, each packet comes premeasured with 17g doses.
You can use RestoraLAX® for up to seven days. Do not take any type of laxative for more than one (1) week, unless recommended by a doctor. Overuse or extended use of any laxative may cause dependence for bowel function.
RestoraFIBRE® has the soluble fibre called inulin, which is both a prebiotic and a fibre. It helps encourage growth of healthy bacteria. When fed well, these bacteria help to maintain a healthy gut and support a healthy digestive system.