Laxative Medications After Transplant
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.