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Dealing with over-the-counter stimulant laxatives in community pharmacy

Pharmacy guide

This pharmacy guide will help you support people on the correct use of laxatives.

Following clinical guidance and to minimise inappropriate use of OTC stimulant laxatives. For example, in people with eating disorders, long-term use in the older person and use in children.

You'll find some useful case studies, Q&As, articles, videos and signposting.

First published: August 2020
Updated: 13 May 2022

Contents

  • About OTC stimulant laxatives
  • The Pharmacy Team role
  • Key messages
  • How pharmacy teams can support correct laxative and minimise risk of laxative misuse
  • Abuse in people with eating disorders
  • Long-term use in older people
  • Use in children
  • Case studies
  • Q&A's
  • Further information

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