Osmotic Laxatives

Some articles on osmotic laxatives:

Fecal Impaction - Treatment
... Enemas and osmotic laxatives can be used to soften the stool by increasing the water content until it is soft enough to be expelled ... Osmotic laxatives such as magnesium citrate works within minutes - 8 hours for onset of action, and even then they may not be sufficient to expel the stool ... Osmotic laxatives can cause cramping and even severe pain as the patient's attempts to evacuate the contents of the rectum are blocked by the fecal ...

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