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ATC Group: A06AC Bulk producers

Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System

Hierarchical Position

Level
Code
Title
1
A
Alimentary tract and metabolism
2
A06
Laxatives
3
A06A
Laxatives
4
A06AC
Bulk producers

Contents

Code
Title
A06AC01
Ispaghula (psylla seeds)
A06AC02
Ethulose
A06AC03
Sterculia
A06AC05
Linseed
A06AC06
Methylcellulose
A06AC07
Triticum (wheat fibre)
A06AC08
Polycarbophil calcium
A06AC51
Ispaghula, combinations
A06AC53
Sterculia, combinations
A06AC55
Linseed, combinations

Active Ingredients

Chemical substance
Description
Ispaghula

Ispaghula is particularly rich in alimentary fibres and mucilages. Ispaghula is capable of absorbing up to 40 times its own weight in water. Gut motility and transit rate can be modified by ispaghula through mechanical stimulation of the gut wall as a result of the increase in intestinal bulk by water and the decrease in viscosity of the luminal contents.

Methylcellulose

Methylcellulose is a chemical compound derived from cellulose. Methylcellulose is used to treat constipation. It is classified as a bulk forming laxative. Methylcellulose is a hydrophilic colloid which absorbs water causing it to swell to a soft gel of uniform consistency. It works by increasing the amount of stool present which improves intestinal contractions.