stimulant laxative


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stimulant laxative

Any of a number of laxatives—phenophthalein, sennosides—which increase evacuation of stools by increasing intestinal peristalsis.

stimulant laxative

Any laxative–eg, phenophthalein, sennosides, that promotes stool evacuation by ↑ peristalsis. See Laxative; Cf Bulk-forming laxative, Stool softener.

laxative

a medicine that loosens the bowel contents and encourages evacuation. A laxative with a mild or gentle effect on the bowels is also known as an aperient; one with a strong effect is referred to as a cathartic or a purgative.

bulk laxative
hydrophilic, indigestible substances that absorb water and swell to form an emollient gel. The distention of the intestine stimulates defecation.
contact laxative
see stimulant laxative (below).
emollient laxative
the fecal softeners; act without being changed and simply aid expulsion by softening and lubricating. Called also lubricant laxative.
lubricant laxative
see emollient laxative (above).
stimulant laxative
stimulate accumulation of water and electrolytes in the colon, increasing intestinal motility. Called also contact laxative.
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In clinical practice, osmotic and stimulant laxatives are likely to be used before more expensive prescription medications," the researchers wrote.
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