What are bulk-forming laxatives?

Bulk-forming laxatives, or fiber supplements, are the gentlest form of laxative. They help to produce a bowel movement by absorbing water into your stool to form a soft, bulky mass. This causes your intestines to contract and push out the stool. Laxatives can be used orally or through the rectum and come in liquid, tablet, wafer, gum, powder, suppository, or enema form. Brand names for oral bulk-formers include Citrucel and Metamucil.

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