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Use and abuse of laxatives.
Am J Hosp Pharm. 1977 Mar; 34(3):291-300.AJ

Abstract

Colon physiology, the causes of constipation, an approach to management of constipation, and the features of various laxatives are reviewed. The categories of individual agents discussed include the bulk-forming laxatives, stimulant cathartics, saline laxatives, hyperosmotic laxatives, surfactant laxatives, emollient laxatives, enemas and suppositories. Dietary change and attention to proper bowel habits are frequently the only therapy necessary for the treatment of constipation. When laxative intervention is necessary, one of the milder agents should be employed over a short period of time. The chronic abuse of stimulant cathartics, often deeply rooted in family or ethnic traditions, is a significant problem and difficult to treat.

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Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

324272

Citation

Pietrusko, R G.. "Use and Abuse of Laxatives." American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, vol. 34, no. 3, 1977, pp. 291-300.
Pietrusko RG. Use and abuse of laxatives. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1977;34(3):291-300.
Pietrusko, R. G. (1977). Use and abuse of laxatives. American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 34(3), 291-300.
Pietrusko RG. Use and Abuse of Laxatives. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1977;34(3):291-300. PubMed PMID: 324272.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Use and abuse of laxatives. A1 - Pietrusko,R G, PY - 1977/3/1/pubmed PY - 1977/3/1/medline PY - 1977/3/1/entrez SP - 291 EP - 300 JF - American journal of hospital pharmacy JO - Am J Hosp Pharm VL - 34 IS - 3 N2 - Colon physiology, the causes of constipation, an approach to management of constipation, and the features of various laxatives are reviewed. The categories of individual agents discussed include the bulk-forming laxatives, stimulant cathartics, saline laxatives, hyperosmotic laxatives, surfactant laxatives, emollient laxatives, enemas and suppositories. Dietary change and attention to proper bowel habits are frequently the only therapy necessary for the treatment of constipation. When laxative intervention is necessary, one of the milder agents should be employed over a short period of time. The chronic abuse of stimulant cathartics, often deeply rooted in family or ethnic traditions, is a significant problem and difficult to treat. SN - 0002-9289 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/324272/Use_and_abuse_of_laxatives_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -