WHAT ARE STIMULANT LAXATIVES AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Stimulant laxatives are a type of laxatives mainly used for treating constipation. They irritate the intestinal cells causing the intestine to contract, which is responsible for the laxative action. Stimulant laxatives also promote water influx to the intestine, which in turn promotes bowel movement.
HOW ARE STIMULANT LAXATIVES USED?
As stimulant laxatives promote bowel movement, they are usually used for:
- Bowel preparation before a surgery
WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF STIMULANT LAXATIVES?
Stimulant laxatives, when taken orally or rectally, can cause these side effects:
- Abdominal pain
- Excessive bowel activity
- Yellow-brown urine discoloration
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Rectal burning
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 STIMULANT LAXATIVES?
Generic and brand names of stimulant laxative drugs include:
- Bisacodyl rectal
- Dulcolax for women
- Exlax maximum strength
- Exlax regular strength
- Feen a mint
- Fleet bisacodyl enema
- Fleet bisacodyl suppository
- Fleet stimulant laxative
- Halflytely bowel prep kit
- Lax pills
- Little tummys stimulant laxative drops
- Polyethylene glycol/electrolytes and bisacodyl
- Senna plus
- Senna prompt
- Senna smooth