Review backs osmotic laxatives in older patients

01/30/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Evidence points to osmotic laxatives, such as polyethylene glycol and lactulose, as the best treatment for constipation in older patients, according to an analysis by researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. The researchers didn't find sufficient support for the use of stool softeners, bulking agents, stimulants or prokinetic agents by elderly patients.

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