How Do Osmotic Laxatives Work?

Reviewed on 6/4/2021

WHAT ARE OSMOTIC LAXATIVES AND HOW DO THEY WORK?

Osmotic laxatives are a type of laxatives used for treating constipation. In the intestine, osmotic agents pull water from the surrounding tissues using a process known as osmosis. Excess moisture in the intestine results in softer stools that are easier to pass. It is vital to drink lots of water while taking osmotic laxatives to improve their efficiency and to decrease the possibility of gas and cramps.

HOW ARE OSMOTIC LAXATIVES USED?

Osmotic laxatives are mainly used for:

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF OSMOTIC LAXATIVES?

Osmotic laxatives, when taken orally, can cause these side effects:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE DRUG NAMES OF OSMOTIC LAXATIVES?

Generic and brand names of osmotic laxative drugs include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/laxatives-osmotic

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