Why would I need to take laxative medicines?

One of the common side effects of transplant medicines is constipation. If constipation becomes a problem for you, your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter (without a prescription) laxative that can encourage bowel movements to relieve constipation.

How and when should laxatives be used?

Laxatives are to be used only to provide short-term relief of constipation, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Remember to check with the Transplant Team if you would like to use a laxative that has worked for you in the past.

Warning: If you have stomach pains, do not use an over-the-counter laxative without first talking to your doctor or a member of the Transplant Team.

When taking an over-the-counter laxative, carefully read the instructions and follow any precautions on the label.

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