Stimulant Laxatives (Rectal)

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What are rectal stimulant laxatives?

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Rectal stimulant laxatives are stimulant laxatives administered rectally to help produce a bowel movement. Rectal stimulant laxatives work by directly stimulating the intestinal muscles, causing them to contract, moving the stool through the intestines and eliminating it. Rectal stimulant laxatives are available under brand names like Fleet Bisacodyl and Dulcolax in suppository or enema form.

Who should not take rectal stimulant laxatives?

Anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients in the product should not use rectal stimulant laxatives. People with certain medical conditions, such as appendicitis, bowel obstruction, kidney disease, heart disease, irregular blood pressure, stomach pain, nausea, rectal bleeding, pregnancy, breastfeeding and phenylketonuria should not take rectal stimulant laxatives. Additionally, the use of laxatives can be dangerous in children under six years of age.

How do rectal stimulant laxatives interact with other medications?

People taking other types of laxatives, antacids, milk, mineral oil, castor oil, blood thinners, antibiotics and heart and bone medications, should not use rectal stimulant laxatives. Additionally, some laxatives may inhibit the absorption of medications and nutrients into your system.

Should I let my doctor know I am taking rectal stimulant laxatives?

If you are planning on taking oral stimulant laxatives, you should talk to your doctor. In fact, you should always let your doctor know about any medications you are taking so that you avoid any interactions with other medications.

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