fecal softener

fecal softener

a drug that lowers the surface tension of the fecal mass, allowing the intestinal fluids to penetrate and soften the stool. Also called stool softener.
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Seven types of products act as laxatives; saline (phosphates and magnesium hydroxide and its salts); stimulants/irritants (cascara, bisacodyl, casanthranol, senna, and castor oil); bulking agents (methylcellulose, polycarbophil, and psyllium); emollient (mineral oil); fecal softeners (docusate); hyperosmotics (glycerin, lactulose); and tegaserod (Zelnorm).
There are seven types of products that act as laxatives: saline (phosphates and magnesium hydroxide and its salts), stimulants/irritants (cascara, bisacodyl, casanthranol, senna, and castor oil), bulking agents (methylcellulose, polycarbophil, and psyllium), emollient (mineral oil), fecal softeners (docusate), hyperosmotics (glycerin, lactulose), and tegaserod (Zelnorm).
There are seven types of products that act as laxatives: saline (phosphates and magnesium hydroxide and its salts), stimulants/irritants (cascara, bisacody1, casanthranol, senna, and castor oil), bulking agents (methylcellulose, polycarbophil, and psyllium), emollient (mineral oil), fecal softeners (docusate), hyperosmotics (glycerin, lactulose), and tegaserod (Zelnorm).