Q. I have read about various constipation treatments in your column. I have a different and more enjoyable solution–ice cream with sorbitol (the non-sugar sweetener). It has been working for me for years.

A. Non-sugar sweeteners like sorbitol are not absorbed from the digestive tract and have a laxative effect. Whether found in sugarless gum, candy or ice cream, they can all help relieve constipation. Too much, though, may cause diarrhea.

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  1. Jackie Wilson

    I am taking prevacid solutab daily to help with acid reflux. It seems the medicine does not list sorbitol in its list of ingredients, but my pharmacist gave me a printout of the ingredients. One of the ingredients is aspartame. That is something that causes diarrhea, isn’t it?

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