The platfoorm is not entirely to blame for the laxative shortage, Nurse.org reported. The shift to hybrid work schedules, for example, has disrupted many Americans’ diets and exercise routines. Those disruptions can lead to constipation and other digestive troubles, adding to the demand for over-the-counter laxatives.
For those having difficulty finding laxatives at their local drugstores, gastroenterology medical fellow Dr. Wendi LeBrett told Business Insider that there are better solutions for digestive troubles. Most notably, she suggested adding more fiber to your diet, particularly the supplement psyllium husk.
“I typically actually recommend starting with psyllium as my first line treatment,” Dr. LeBrett said. That being said, it is important to note that it will likely take days for the increased fiber intake to take effect.
“A lot of people take it for constipation and then expect that it will work the same day,” she said.