A treatment for chronic constipation that is now available over-the-counter was more effective that a drug that needs a doctor’s prescription in a review of ten studies comparing the two.
Both polyethylene glycol, which is marketed as Miralax®, and prescription lactulose, sold under a number of brand names including Cholac Syrup®, Kristalose®, and Enulose®, work by drawing water into the colon and softening stools making them easier to pass.
The two osmotic laxatives can help patients whose intestinal activity is slow because of illness or medicines. Cancer patients who take opiate pain relievers often have problems with this kind of constipation. Read the rest of this entry »