faecal softeners

faecal softeners

Drugs used to treat constipation, especially in terminally ill patients. Examples are arachis oil (Fletchers), liquid paraffin, co-danthrusate (Normax), docusate sodium (Dioctyl, Norgalax) and various combinations of sodium citrate, sodium lauryl sulphoacetate and glycerol.
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Rarely, affected individuals can manage with the help of faecal softeners such as lactulose, but usually surgery to repair the defect is required.
(17) They are often formulated with a faecal softener. Orally administered stimulant laxatives take about six hours to work; by suppository, they take about 20 minutes.