Best OTC Drugs 2024

Best OTC Choices in Laxatives, Nonfiber

Laxatives that do not use fiber employ ingredients such as docusate sodium and polyethylene glycol. Most such medications are taken by mouth, although there are also enemas and suppositories among Money’s picks for the best non-fiber laxatives.

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Active Ingredients
Important Points
Colace Regular Strength Docusate sodium
  • Stimulant-free
  • Capsules
  • Safe for children 2 years and older
  • Stool softener
DulcoEase Docusate sodium
  • Typically produces a bowel movement in 1-2 days
  • Safe for children 12 years and older
  • Stimulant-free
Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Glycerin
  • Suppositories
  • Safe for people 6 years and older
  • Typically produces a bowel movement in 15 minutes to 1 hour
Fleet Saline Enema Monobasic Sodium Phosphate Monohydrate Dibasic Sodium Phosphate Heptahydrate
  • Safe for people 12 years and older
  • Typically works in 1 to 5 minutes
  • Lubricated tip
GaviLax Polyethylene glycol
  • Powder
  • Mixed with liquid
  • Sugar-free
  • Safe for people 17 and older
MiraLAX Polyethylene glycol
  • Powder
  • Mixed with liquid
  • Sugar-free
  • Safe for people 17 and older
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Magnesium hydroxide
  • Liquid
  • Available in different flavors
  • Stimulant-free
  • Safe for children 6 years and older
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