Criteria All patients should have the reason for prescribing laxatives recorded.
Other stimulant laxatives include buckthorn, alder buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula ), and rhubarb (Rheum officinale, R. palmatum ).
Progress A diagnosis of partial large bowel obstruction was made and the patient treated with stimulant laxatives and phosphate enemas.
Some people also use laxatives to make them go to the toilet.
Osmotic laxatives keep fluid in the bowel for longer which soften feces.