What Are Laxatives? - Definition, Types & Side Effects

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Which of the following laxatives would most likely cause watery stool?

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1. Why did the physician and patient decide that Metamucil was the best treatment regimen?

2. Hyperosmotic laxatives do which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluate your ability to understand the characteristics of laxatives. The quiz will test you on information such as a laxative that can cause an impaction and the side effects of taking Dulcolax.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be evaluated on:

  • Benefits of Metamucil
  • A laxative that can cause an impaction
  • How hyperosmotic laxatives work
  • Side effects of taking Dulcolax
  • A laxative that can result in watery stool

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding laxatives and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the benefits of Metamucil
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about how hyperosmotic laxatives work

Additional Learning

To better understand concepts related to laxatives, read through the short lesson titled What Are Laxatives? - Definition, Types & Side Effects. The lesson is designed to help you to:

  • Identify what laxatives are and their purpose
  • Recall the different types of laxatives and how these laxatives work
  • Understand the side effects of taking each type of laxative
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