What is the role of bulk-producing laxatives in the treatment of constipation?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, PhD; more...
  • Print


These agents contain soluble fiber that absorbs water within the intestine. This promotes intestinal peristalsis. Bulk-forming agents are used for long-term prophylaxis, treatment of constipation, or both in patients without anatomic outlet obstruction. Bulk-producing laxatives include the following:

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!