What is the role of saline laxatives in the treatment of constipation?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, PhD; more...
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Saline laxatives are used for acute treatment of constipation in the absence of bowel obstruction. These agents may also be used as part of a bowel evacuation protocol for invasive procedures or surgery. These agents increase peristaltic activity of the colon by promoting osmotic retention of fluid. Saline laxatives include the following:

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