Different types of laxative are available. Your doctor or nurse will recommend a specific type of laxative, depending on the cause of the constipation.
Some examples of laxatives are Docusate, Senna, Movicol and Co-danthramer.
If you’re very constipated, or if the laxatives aren’t working, your doctor or nurse may recommend suppositories or an enema. These preparations are inserted into the bowel through the back passage.
If you have cancer of the bowel, always ask your doctor for advice about dealing with constipation.