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How are osmotics used to treat chronic constipation?

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  • Osmotics keep water in your stool. This helps you go more often and keeps your stools soft when you do. You should take extra care if you have heart or kidney failure because these medications may cause dehydration or mineral imbalance. Some osmotics include: Magnesium hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia)
  • Magnesium citrate
  • Lactulose (Kristalose)
  • Polyethylene glycol (Miralax)

Sources:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Constipation.”

MedlinePlus: “Lubiprostone.”

FDA: “FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation.”

UpToDate: “Constipation Overview,” “Lubiprostone: Drug information,” “Linaclotide: Drug information,” “Plecanatide: Drug information.”

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology: “What is chronic constipation? Definition and diagnosis.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Constipation in Adults.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

Sources:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Constipation.”

MedlinePlus: “Lubiprostone.”

FDA: “FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation.”

UpToDate: “Constipation Overview,” “Lubiprostone: Drug information,” “Linaclotide: Drug information,” “Plecanatide: Drug information.”

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology: “What is chronic constipation? Definition and diagnosis.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Constipation in Adults.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

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