What is the role of bulk-producing laxatives in the treatment of constipation?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, PhD; more...
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These agents contain soluble fiber that absorbs water within the intestine. This promotes intestinal peristalsis. Bulk-forming agents are used for long-term prophylaxis, treatment of constipation, or both in patients without anatomic outlet obstruction. Bulk-producing laxatives include the following:


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