Guide To Choosing A Laxative
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Guide in choosing a laxative
- It must be safe under all circumstances, even for young children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly.
- Its action must be confined to the large intestine, because it is there where stools are formed. It should not affect the small intestines to prevent cramps and diarrhea.
- It should not irritate the large intestine just to produce bowel movement. It should follow the natural pattern of bowel movement.
- It must not make the large intestine “lazy” and should restore the natural bowel movement.
- It should allow continued usage without having to increase the dose. It should not cause habituation.