Sorbitol is primarily used to treat occasional constipation.


What is Sorbitol?

Sorbitol is a laxative. It works by holding the fluids in the colon, thus stimulating contractions of the intestinal muscles.


How should Sorbitol be taken?

Sorbitol can be taken orally or in the form of enema.


Side effects associated with Sorbitol

Among the possible side effects of sorbitol include the following:


  • Anal irritation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Persistent constipation despite the use of sorbitol
  • Dizziness
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Sorbitol

Unless medically indicated, it is advised not to take any other laxatives or stool softeners during treatment with sorbitol.  Moreover, treatment should not be prolonged for more than 1 week.


Before starting treatment with sorbitol, it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, any other drugs (particularly other antibiotics) or food
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from acid-base balance problems, diabetes, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or rectal bleeding
  • You are suffering from dehydration
  • You are pregnant or breast- feeding