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Pharmacological management of constipation


Dr Anton V Emmanuel BSc, MD, FRCP, Senior Lecturer in Gastroenterology, Physiology Unit, University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU, UK.
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Abstract  The approach of this review is to give a pragmatic approach to using laxatives, based on a combination of what is known about mechanism of action and the available literature on evidence.