Notes

Surgical causes presenting as constipation such as bowel obstruction must be excluded. Other measures should be taken if possible to improve bowel function, e.g. reducing concurrent opiate dosage, starting enteral nutrition.

The agent of choice is lactulose.

Larger doses of lactulose are used in hepatic failure as the pH of the colonic contents is reduced; this lowers formation and absorption of ammonium ions and other nitrogenous products into the portal circulation. Proven benefit in patients has not been shown.

Anthraquinone glycosides (e.g. senna) and liquid paraffin are no longer recommended for routine use.

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