A compendium of practical information on laxatives, this text covers all aspects of their clinical uses, and is supported by a comprehensive overview of gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology related to constipation. Mechanisms of action of all major classes of laxatives are reviewed in detail. The text is illustrated with examples of the botanical sources of laxatives diagrams. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses and students should find this volume useful.
1 Introduction.- 2 Constipation: the Rationale for Laxative Use.- 3 Role of Ion Transport in Laxative Action.- 4 Intestinal Motility and Laxative Action.- 5 Laxatives of Botanical Origin.- 6 Natural Laxatives of Mineral Origin.- 7 Synthetic Laxatives.- 8 Laxative Abuse.- 9 Methods Used to Study Laxative Drugs.- 10 Conclusions.- 11 References.
Number Of Pages: 85
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: IT
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.14