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OTC Medicines Checklist: Managing Constipation, part 1

Alan Nathan considers bulk-forming and osmotic laxatives. See part 2 for stimulant laxatives and a faecal softener

This CPD module is about bulk-forming and osmotic laxatives. It explains the benefits of the main products and when to recommend them.


To improve your knowledge of bulk-forming and osmotic laxatives and how they should be used.


After completing this module you should:

  • Be familiar with bulk-forming and osmotic laxative products, what they contain and how they should be used
  • Be confident recommending these treatments for constipation and about when to refer.


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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