Use laxatives responsibly.
Occasional, responsible use of laxatives to treat constipation is safe and can be helpful. For example, people who travel and develop temporary constipation as a result of schedule changes might want to try laxatives. "It is totally fine in those situations to take some over-the-counter laxatives," says Singh. Laxatives and fiber supplements can be very effective for relieving constipation, but there are various kinds, which work in different ways, so do your research or ask your doctor for recommendations.