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Laxatives Market Global overview 2019 | Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking, Forecast to 2026

Laxatives are substances that loosen stools and increase bowel movements and thus used to prevent constipation. Laxatives differ as to how they work and the side effects they have.

Increasing incidences of medical disorders such as eating disorders where laxatives are overused and increasing incidences of constipation for which laxatives are primarily used for treatment may lead to increased consumption of laxatives, and hence, can result in laxatives market growth. Exceeding the prescribed dose of laxatives leads to various health complications such as chronic constipation, diarrhea, dehydration, and blood in the stool. However, laxative abuse is rather common. According to a study published in National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in 2010, people abusing laxatives can be categorized into four groups. The largest group constitutes individuals suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, and prevalence of abuse in this group ranges from 10% to 60%, according to the same study. The remaining three categories are – individuals who began using laxatives when constipated but didn’t after getting better; individuals who are involved in sports activities such as weight lifting, and surreptitious laxative abusers.

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Global Laxatives Market Taxonomy:

By Drug Type:

  • Bulk-forming Agents
  • Emollients (Stool Softeners)
  • Lubricating Agents
  • Stimulating Agents
  • Hyperosmotic Agents
  • Saline Laxative Agents
  • Chloride Channel Activators
  • Others

By Availability:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC)
  • Prescription

By Drug Type:

  • Generic
  • Branded

By Route of Administration:

  • Oral
  • Rectal

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Market Dynamics- Driver

Increasing incidence of constipation is expected to drive the global laxatives market growth

Growing incidence of constipation worldwide is expected to drive growth of the global laxatives market during the forecast period. Constipation is one of the most frequently diagnosed gastrointestinal disorders globally. However, incidence rates vary by region. According to a report published by Canadian Digestive Health Foundation in 2014, 1 out of 4 people living in Canada recorded to have symptoms of constipation in 2014. Chronic constipation rates for women were almost twice as high as for men in Canada.

Increasing incidence of constipation was also recorded in other developed economies such as the U.S. and the U.K. According to a report published by Coloplast—a global leading player in ostomy care, urology and continence care, and wound and skin care, 1 in 7 adults were affected by constipation during 2014 – 2015 in the UK. The condition was even worse for children, wherein 1 in 3 were affected by constipation during 2014-2015.

The scenario is similar in emerging economies such as India, Brazil, and China. According to Abbott Gut-Health Survey, around 14% of the urban population in India suffered from chronic constipation in 2015. As these people are living in urban area where access to healthcare services is rapidly improving, the number of diagnosed patient will increase which in turn will result in laxatives market expansion.

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Rising incidence of eating disorders and increasing availability of over-the-counter laxatives are expected to drive the market growth

Developed economies such as the U.S, the U.K., Australia, and Germany have registered constant increase in incidence of eating disorders. A report commissioned by Beat in 2015, estimated that over 725,000 people were affected by the disease in UK. According to South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH) around 8 million people, including seven million women and one million men in the U.S. were recorded suffering from an eating disorder, in 2015. .

Patients suffering from eating disorders are more likely to overuse laxatives. Moreover, laxatives as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, have influenced in the excessive overuse. This overuse of laxatives has significantly contributed to growth of the laxatives market.

Market Dynamics- Restraints

Lack of awareness, willingness and/or negligence among patients to talk to doctor about constipation is expected to restrain the market growth in the near future

Majority of the people suffering from constipation are embarrassed to consult their general practitioner (GP) regarding constipation, even in developed economies such as the UK. According to the study released by Coloplast in 2015, around 1 in 5 (i.e. 20%) people in UK, reportedly felt embarrassed to talk to their GP about constipation. This has resulted in underreporting of the people suffering from this condition.

A large pool of population in emerging economies such as India do not feel the need to consult with doctor concerning this problem. This is owing to lack of literacy, low accessibility to healthcare facilities, low per capita income, and higher self-medication practices in such regions. This, in turn, has decreased the demand for laxatives and thereby expected to hamper the global laxatives market growth over the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Key companies operating in the global laxatives market include AstraZeneca plc, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Bayer AG, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Abbott Laboratories, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Mylan N.V., and Purdue Pharma L.P.

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Table of Content

Global Laxatives Market Research Report
Section 1: Global Laxatives Industry Overview
Section 2: Global Economic Impact on Laxatives Industry
Section 3: Global Market Competition by Industry Producers
Section 4: Global Productions, Revenue (Value), according to Regions
Section 5: Global Supplies (Production), Consumption, Export, Import, geographically
Section 6: Global Productions, Revenue (Value), Price Trend, Product Type
Section 7: Global Market Analysis, on the basis of Application
Section 8: Laxatives Market Pricing Analysis
Section 9: Market Chain, Sourcing Strategy, and Downstream Buyers
Section 10: Strategies and key policies by Distributors/Suppliers/Traders
Section 11: Key Marketing Strategy Analysis, by Market Vendors
Section 12: Market Effect Factors Analysis
Section 13: Global Laxatives Market Forecast

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Last Updated: 12-Mar-2021