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cathartic

 [kah-thahr´tik]
1. causing emptying of the bowels.
2. an agent that so acts; called also evacuant and purgative.
3. producing emotional catharsis.
bulk cathartic one stimulating bowel evacuation by increasing fecal volume.
lubricant cathartic one that acts by softening the feces and reducing friction between them and the intestinal wall.
saline cathartic one that increases fluidity of intestinal contents by retention of water by osmotic forces, and indirectly increases motor activity.
stimulant cathartic one that directly increases motor activity of the intestinal tract.

pur·ga·tive

(pŭr'gă-tiv),
An agent used for purging the bowels.
See also: cathartic (2).
[L. purgativus, purging]

purgative

/pur·ga·tive/ (purg´it-iv) cathartic (1, 2).

purgative

(pûr′gə-tĭv)
adj.
Tending to cleanse or purge, especially causing evacuation of the bowels.
n.
A purgative agent or medicine; a cathartic.

purgative

[pur′gətiv]
Etymology: L, purgare, to purge
a strong medication usually administered by mouth to promote evacuation of the bowel or to produce several bowel movements.

laxative

Herbal medicine
A herb used to purge the bowels.

Examples
Cascara (Cascara sagrada), castor oil plant (Ricinus communis), flax seed (Linum usitatissimum), liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), olive oil (Olea europaea), psyllium (Plantago psyllium), rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) and senna (Cassia acutifolia).

pur·ga·tive

(pŭr'gă-tiv)
An agent used for purging the bowels.
See also: cathartic (2)
[L. purgativus, purging]

purgative

A strong laxative drug.

purgative,

n substance that promotes bowel loosening and movement,

pur·ga·tive

(pŭr'gă-tiv)
An agent used for purging the bowels.
[L. purgativus, purging]

purgative

1. a purge or cathartic (1); causing bowel evacuation.
2. a cathartic, particularly one stimulating peristaltic action. See also laxative.
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If defecation does not take place after phosphate containing purgative ingestion, pooling of the fluid in the gut lumen can potentially increase phosphate absorption, leading to sudden and severe hypernatremia and hyperphosphatemia (5).
The investigators noted in their poster presentation that they excluded patients who used purgatives for reasons other than screening colonoscopy, as well as those who had end-stage renal disease.
The Company's lead product, Visicol(TM), was approved by the FDA in September 2000 and is the first and only tablet purgative preparation indicated for bowel cleansing prior to colonoscopy.
This patent provides patent coverage until September 1, 2024 to the dry purgative composition containing PEG 3350, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid for oral solution, that we market in the United States under the trade name MOVIPREP([R]).
MoviPrep and OsmoPrep(TM), our recently approved tablet bowel cleansing agent, create an unmatched purgative product portfolio that should meet the needs and preferences of most patients and physicians.
The four most common adverse events typically experienced in studies of purgatives are gastrointestinal complaints of abdominal distension, nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
We hope that having Visicol(R) as an alternative to liquid bowel purgatives will encourage people to get colonoscopies and reduce their risk of colorectal cancer mortality," added Dr.
This patent will provide additional protection to InKine in the Canadian colonic purgatives market," said Martin Rose, M.
The need for harsh purgatives are eliminated, especially with the recommended drink of contrast solution.