agents that produce a soft formed stool, and relax and loosen the bowels, typically used over a protracted period, to relieve constipation

A laxative is a food or drug taken to make bowel movements easier, or to treat constipation.[1] Sometimes taking powerful or lots of laxatives can cause diarrhea or a flatulence.

Glycerin suppositories used as laxatives.

Laxatives work by helping your intestines digest undigested food, and do not make you lose weight. Despite this, some people with eating disorders take laxatives in an attempt to lose weight.

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