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Efficacy and tolerability of Laxatan® Granulat in patients with chronic constipation

Authors Gruenwald J, Busch R, Bentley C

Published 4 September 2009 Volume 2009:2 Pages 95—100


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Joerg Gruenwald, Regina Busch, Christine Bentley

Analyze and Realize AG, Berlin, Germany

Background: On average 12% of the population worldwide suffer from acute or chronic constipation. Pathological intestine alterations, an unhealthy diet with reduced liquid intake, and little exercise are potential reasons. Often the motility of the intestine is disturbed. Changing nutrition habits or lifestyle is not always successful. In such cases, laxatives containing macrogol and inulin are highly effective.

Methodology: The efficacy and tolerability of Laxatan® Granulat, a laxative containing macrogol, inulin, and mineral salts, was assessed in a drug-monitoring study of 105 patients for four weeks.

Results: At the end of this study, a highly significant reduction of the constipation symptoms in 98.1% of the patients was observed. No adverse events were reported during this drug-monitoring study. The overall efficacy was rated as being “very good” or “good” for 96% and the overall tolerability was rated as being “very good” or “good” for 99% of patients.

Conclusion: The combination of macrogol, inulin, and mineral salts is highly effective in the treatment of chronic constipation. Due to its prebiotic activity, inulin probably leads to proliferation of lactic acid-producing bacteria. The lowered pH and increased water content probably increases the peristaltic action and therefore reduces constipation.

Keywords: Laxatan®, macrogol, inulin, constipation

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