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Nurse Prescribing, Vol. 5, Iss. 10, 09 Nov 2007, pp 456 - 461

This article provides an overview of the main types of laxative. There is a consideration of the factors involved in the choice of laxative, including their mode of action. Different prescribing scenarios are summarized in four flowcharts, and a case study provides the opportunity to consolidate prescribing issues in the management of constipation.

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