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OTC Medicines Checklist: Managing Constipation, part 2

Alan Nathan considers the use of stimulant laxatives and a faecal softener. See part 1 for bulk-forming and osmotic laxatives

This CPD module discusses stimulant laxatives and a faecal softener. It explains how and when these products should be used.


To increase your knowledge of stimulant laxatives and the OTC faecal softener and understand how these products should be used.


After completing this module you should:

  • Know which OTC medicines contain stimulant laxatives and faecal softener
  • Be confident about advising patients with constipation on the use of these products.


Alan Nathan is a pharmacy writer and consultant.

About this module

Once you have completed this module, record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.

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