cathartic

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cathartic

(kəthär`tĭk): see laxativelaxative,
drug or other substance used to stimulate the action of the intestines in eliminating waste from the body. The term laxative usually refers to a mild-acting substance; substances of increasingly drastic action are known as cathartics, purgatives, hydrogogues,
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cathartic

[kə′thär·dik]
(pharmacology)
Any drug, such as castor oil, mineral oil, or a laxative, that causes defecation.

cathartic

a purgative drug or agent
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But there is little evidence that use of cathartics really reduces the absorption of poisons.
Be aware that some activated charcoal products already contain a cathartic agent; if you use one of these, do not give an additional cathartic.
Other mainstays of Halsey's practice included giving emetics to induce vomiting, cathartics to trigger bowel movements and dispensing other popular medicines of the day, from snake root and caster oil to quinine, expectorants and various salts.