Saline Laxatives Market By Drug Type (Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Sodium Phosphates), By Prescription Type (Prescribed and OTC Drugs) - Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Assessment, 2016 - 2022

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. defines constipation as "condition in which you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, or hard, dry and small bowel movements that are painful or difficult to pass‟. Constipation is classified into two categories: functional constipation and secondary constipation. Functional constipation if further categorized into normal transit, slow transit and outlet constipation; secondary constipation is caused due to external medical conditions or intake of certain medications. Prime risk factors associated with constipation include age, low-caloric and low-fiber food intake, change in routine and taking excessive of medications such as antidepressants, pain killers, hypertension drugs and others. 

Treatment for constipation may include change in dietary intake and nutrition, lifestyle changes, and medication. Bulk forming laxatives, osmotic laxatives, lubricants, stimulant laxatives and others are the laxative types preferred for medically treating constipation. Saline laxatives is a section of osmotic laxatives where the active ingredients are magnesium, sulfate, citrate, and phosphate ions.

For the purpose of this study, the global saline laxatives market is studied for drugs and prescription type. Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Hydroxide and Sodium Phosphates are the major saline laxative drugs studied in this report. Further this market is also studied based on their prescribed and over-the-counter sales. Based on geographic distribution, the major regions and country level markets are categorized as follows:

North America

a)       United States

b)       Canada


c)       United Kingdom

d)       Germany

e)       Rest of Europe


f)        Japan

g)       China

h)       Rest of Asia-Pacific

Middle East and Africa

Latin America

Market size and forecast for each segmentation level are incorporated in this study for the period 2014-2022, along with respective Compounded Annual Growth Rates (CAGRs) for the forecast period 2016-2022, considering 2015 as the base year.

Along with market assessment in terms of historical, current and future market sizes, qualitative information sets such as market dynamics (drivers, challenges and opportunities), and executive summary for the global saline laxatives market are included in the report. Competition assessment for major market players and attractive investment proposition tool for the geographic markets are also included in the report for overall market competition scrutiny. This study concludes with company profiles section, which includes major information about the key companies engaged in development, manufacture and sale of saline laxatives.

The global saline laxatives market is studied for the following drug types:

1.   Magnesium Citrate

2.   Magnesium Hydroxide

3.   Sodium Phosphates

Saline Laxatives Market

Saline laxatives are milder forms of mainstream laxatives and are mostly used for rapid emptying of bowel. These drugs are often used for preparation before surgery, for elimination of foods and drugs after poisoning or to obtain fresh stool sample. Saline laxatives work by absorbing fluid into the bowel thus softening the stools, enabling their rapid discharge. Saline laxatives contain magnesium, citrate, sulphate and phosphate ions as active ingredients. Milk of Magnesia and Fleet phosphor-soda are the most renowned saline laxatives commercially available. The demand for OTC saline laxatives is the highest. However, their excessive and un-scrutinized use is discouraged on the grounds of reported renal failure, nephrocalcinosis and acute phosphate nepthropathy.

Geographically, the saline laxatives market is cumulative to North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America.

Saline Laxatives Market

North America dominates the saline laxatives market both in terms of consumption and revenue generation followed by Europe. High use of medication for mild constipation, greater awareness and wide availability of a range of products are the key factors contributing to the dominance of these regions. Latin America is anticipated to follow the trends prevalent in North America market. Asia-Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest growing market among all the regions. Gradual growth in awareness in the patient population, growing availability of cost-effective drugs are the key factors driving the Asia-Pacific markets. Growing prevalence of constipation in this region and large pool of target geriatric population are among the other drivers contributing to the growth of Asia-Pacific saline laxatives market.

Based on prescription type the global saline laxatives market is studied for the following types:

1.   Prescribed Saline laxatives

2.   Over-the-Counter Saline Laxatives

Saline Laxatives Market

Saline laxatives form a very small section of the overall laxative drugs available in the market. High prevalence of constipation and corresponding lack of reporting until acute stages contribute to high levels of self-prescription of laxatives. Osmotic laxatives have been available for decades in the market, and patent protection of these products has long expired. These factors significantly contribute to the larger market share of over-the-counter sales of saline laxatives. However, the reported risk of acute phosphate nephropathy in patients has led to a controlled restrain on excessive OTC demand for saline laxatives. The demand for mild saline laxatives such as oral magnesium hydroxide is observed to be higher through OTC sales.

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Published Date:  Jul 2016
Category:  Pharmaceuticals
Report ID:   57972
Report Format:   PDF
Pages:   120
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