A polyhydric alcohol with about half the sweetness of sucrose. Sorbitol occurs naturally and is also produced synthetically from glucose. It was formerly used as a diuretic and may still be used as a laxative and in irrigating solutions for some surgical procedures.
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Humans and other mammals
Used as a non-stimulant laxative via an oral suspension or enema.
Mechanism of action
Sorbitol exerts its laxative effect by drawing water into the large intestine, thereby stimulating bowel movements.
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