Which medications in the drug class Laxatives, Lubricant are used in the treatment of Constipation?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Laxatives, Lubricant

Lubricant laxatives are used for acute or subacute management of constipation. They lubricate the intestine and facilitate the passage of stool by decreasing water absorption from the intestine.

Mineral oil (Fleet, Kondremul)

Mineral oil is gentler than some other rapidly acting laxatives. It generally works within 8 hours. Long-term use is accompanied by concerns about lipid pneumonia, lymphoid hyperplasia, and foreign body reactions.


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