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A patient is severely constipated and needs immediate relief. The nurse knows that which class of laxative will provide the most rapid results?


▸ Bulk-forming laxative, such as psyllium (Metamucil)

▸ Stool softener, such as docusate salts (Colace)

▸ Magnesium hydroxide (MOM)

▸ Magnesium oxide tablets
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Magnesium hydroxide (MOM)

Saline laxatives such as magnesium hydroxide (MOM) produce a watery stool, usually within 3 to 6 hours of ingestion. Bulk-forming laxatives such as psyllium do not produce a bowel movement rapidly. Stool softeners such as docusate salts do not cause patients to defecate; they simply soften the stool to ease its passage. Magnesium oxide tablets are used as magnesium supplements, not as laxatives.
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