What are rectal stimulant laxatives?

Rectal stimulant laxatives are stimulant laxatives administered rectally to help produce a bowel movement. Rectal stimulant laxatives work by directly stimulating the intestinal muscles, causing them to contract, moving the stool through the intestines and eliminating it. Rectal stimulant laxatives are available under brand names like Fleet Bisacodyl and Dulcolax in suppository or enema form.

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