Osmotic Laxative

Definition of Osmotic Laxative:

Osmotic laxatives exert a laxative effect by drawing water into the colon and retaining fluid in the bowel or by changing the pattern of water distribution in the feces.  Unlike stimulant laxatives, they are safer and non-habit-forming.  The most commonly used osmotic laxatives include magnesium hydroxide ("Milk of Magnesia"), magnesium citrate, magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts), sodium potassium tartrate, lactulose, glycerol and polyethylene glycol.  Some are administered orally and others by enema.

Also: Osmotic Laxatives

Topics Related to Osmotic Laxative

Calcium Requirement

...our question about Osmotic laxative use
“Oral osmotic laxatives often contain magnesium which reduces calcium absorption...”
Report by The Analyst™
Click to see sample report
Health problems rarely occur in isolation or for obvious reasons

Your body is a highly complex, interconnected system.  Instead of guessing at what might be wrong, let us help you discover what is really going on inside your body based on the many clues it is giving.

Our multiple symptom checker provides in-depth health analysis by The Analyst™ with full explanations, recommendations and (optionally) doctors available for case review and answering your specific questions.

We use cookies for traffic analysis, advertising, and to provide the best user experience