Laxatives Market Research Report - Forecast till 2030

Laxatives Market Research Report: Information by Drug Type (Hyperosmotic and Bulk-Forming), Route of Administration (Oral and Rectal), Indication (Chronic Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome), End User (Hospitals & Clinics, Research Institutes and others) and Region (the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East & Africa) - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/Pharma/2055-HCR | 85 Pages | Published By Rahul Gotadki on March 2023         

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Laxatives Market Overview

The laxatives market is expected to gain a market value of USD 10.834 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 6% from 2022-2030.

A laxative is a supplement that is useful in loosening the stools and facilitating relaxation, increasing bowel movements, and relieving constipation. If anyone is suffering from constipation, laxatives are quite helpful. Laxatives can also help with pain caused by dry and hard stools. It can be taken thrice in a week. This is preferred as a medicine when other treatments and cures for constipation are abortive.

The global laxatives market is showing a significant growth rate. The market is mainly driven by the growing prevalence of constipation, increasing awareness about gastrointestinal infections, and rising support from the government to develop an adequate healthcare sector. Laxatives prevent the incidence of short-tempered looseness, a common side-effect of restorative laxatives. Bulk-forming laxatives also improve health conditions such as fissures, hernias, and hemorrhoids. The rising usage of intoxicant-based laxatives is attributed to their immediate effectiveness. However, the high cost of drug distribution will hinder the market growth rate. The lack of health sector in developing countries and unskilled professionals will challenge the laxative market. In addition, the side effect related to dehydration, chronic constipation, diarrhea, and blood in the stool and strict regulation by the government will restrain the market's growth rate during the forecast period. National Center for Health Statistics from the Center for Disease Control shows that 36.6% of adults in America eat fast food every day. That's about 84.8 million adults. Due to more consumption of fast food, people are suffering from constipation problems. To cure themselves, they are demanding laxative supplements.

COVID-19 Analysis

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global laxative market was moderate. The lack of physical yoga and exercise, bad sleeping routines, changed dietary habits, anxiety, and stress have all disturbed the colon's circadian cycle. Furthermore, staying at home owing to the global pandemic and lockdown has impacted health. Not working out enough, consuming fast food, and not sticking to a routine all reduced colonic motility. This has boosted the laxative market during the pandemic period.

However, the supply chain disruption due to trade and lockdown restrictions had a negative impact on the market.

Laxatives Market Dynamics


There is a rise in the prevalence of constipation amongst various people suffering from the same, across the globe. There is an exceptional increase in the adoption of laxatives, especially in countries that have a low income. The key laxatives market players are taking various steps that will help in creating information and growing awareness amongst the general population. The market is in dire need of awareness related to gastrointestinal diseases and problems. These are collaborating to help the market with the needed drivers on the way of its global laxatives market growth by the end of the forecast period in 2022.


The consumption of laxatives has the potential to cause other health concerns like flatulence and bloating sickness feeling, and dehydration along with constantly occurring abdominal cramps. Constipation in itself is troublesome and hence, tends to overshadow these issues. But, looking at the larger picture, these factors are restraints on the path of global growth for the laxatives market. Another restraint for the market is the use of laxatives as a treatment for reducing and cutting down the weight of obese people.

Technology Analysis

The problem of constipation is emerging as one of the major and most common problems. The main reason behind this is the sedentary lifestyle of people. This includes factors disturbed sleep cycle, bad eating habits, irregularity in mealtimes, and lack of exercise. These result in gastric imbalance and the result of the same is constipation. Hence, the demand for the consumption of laxatives is increasing in both adults and children. However, the prescription and its necessity may vary in these cases.

Regional Market Summary

Global Laxatives Market Share (%), by Region, 2018 Laxatives Market Share

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Eurostat, White Papers, Company Presentations, and Annual Reports

Study Objectives

  • To consider the opinions and suggestions of the key industry experts and market traders and have an analysis of the market dynamics like drivers and restraints for the growth

  • To study the impact of the pandemic on the market operations and the eligibility of the laxatives market segments to serve the needs in various geographies across the globe and further note their impact on the future market valuation by the end of 2022

  • To analyze and draw a competitive market graph amongst the prominent players of the market and also understand their steps and key market strategies for global dominance that will help the laxatives market grow as per the prediction by the end of the ongoing forecast period in 2022

Laxatives Market Segment Overview

The rise of lifestyle changes amongst people is increasing the demand for the global laxatives market. However, to enhance their reach and opt for providing and developing services on a large scale, the market has been segmented based on the following:

Drug type

Based on the drug type for the global laxatives market, the drugs that are used are hyperosmotic, stimulants, lubricants, bulk-forming, alongside stool softeners. 


The administration is either oral or rectal.


The indication for health issues for laxatives include chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome


The laxatives market, end-users include hospitals, clinics, along with the research and technology-based institutes


Owing to the above-stated segments, the regions include the North American countries, European nations, the APAC region, along with the Middle East and Africa amongst others

Laxatives Market Regional Analysis

The population of countries like the USA and Canada is moving towards a sedentary lifestyle and hence, the demand for laxatives is increasing in these regions. In the historic year of 2017, the North American region expected a dominant growth in global competition. However, if the developing regions are eyeing towards giving tough global competition, the dire need is for the development of ways through which laxative drugs will be accepted by a large audience. These regions have emerged and seen a larger preference and demand for home and traditional remedies that need to be curbed and challenged if a reliable need and demand for laxatives has to be generated.

Competitive Landscape of Laxatives Market 

To get a better understanding of the factors that influence the final market valuation, it is mandatory to have an idea of the revenue cycles of the key laxatives market players. The players functioning to expand the laxatives market revenue are as follows:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (US)

  • Procter and Gamble (US)

  • Procter & Gamble Company

  • Bayer AG, GlaxoSmithKline Plc

  • Braintree (US)

  • Braintree Laboratories, Inc.

  • Purdue Pharma L.P.

Recent Developments

  • In March 2021, Purdue Pharma L.P. announced the release of two new Senokot Dietary Supplement Products, Senokot Laxative Gummies – Blueberry Pomegranate flavor and Senokot Laxative Tea.

  • In February 2020, LACTITOL developed by Braintree Laboratories, was approved by the USFDA as an osmotic laxative used in treating chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC).

Intended Audience

  • Retail companies and pharmaceuticals

  • Hospital pharmacies

  • Chemist shops and other healthcare institutions

  • Online pharmacies and medical stores

  • Drug outlets

  • Children having constipation issues can use this on a doctor’s prescription

  • Adults

Report Overview

The global laxatives market research report aims to understand the impact of the pandemic on the market operations and further discuss the dynamics like growth, opportunities, and risks available. The market report discusses the futuristic scope by helping to understand the revenue potential of the various market segments functioning in various locations across the globe. The laxatives market report also considers the opinions of the experts and key market players to predict the expected CAGR rate of growth and market valuation. Also, the report helps to have an idea about the leading market players and regions by discussing the recent developments undertaken by them during the forecast period that ends in 2022.

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 10,834 Million
  CAGR   5.50%
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022-2030
  Historical Data   2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Drug Type, Route of Administration, End User
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Bayer AG (Germany), Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Germany), Eskag Pharma Pvt. Ltd. (India), GlaxoSmithKline Plc (UK), Procter & Gamble Company (US), Purdue Pharma L.P.(US), Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (UK) , Abbott Laboratories (US) , Braintree (US), AstraZeneca plc (UK), Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (US)
  Key Market Opportunities   New product launches and R&D Amongst major key Players
  Key Market Drivers

  • Increasing sedentary lifestyle.
  • The Higher prevalence of constipation in the geriatric population

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

    Global Laxatives Market is projected to grow at a 5.50% CAGR between 2022-2030.

    North America is predicted to dominate the Laxatives Market.

    Different end use industries of Laxatives Market include research institutes and hospitals & clinics.

    Lack of exercise and increasing sedentary lifestyle are adding market growth.

    Presence of alternatives and some side effects may limit market growth.