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Are there side effects of daily laxative use

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
44 years experience Family Medicine
Habituation: Daily use of laxitives may cause your bowel to become "lazy" and not do what it supposed to do.Please try and not use these drugs too often.

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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Constipation: It's important to eat fiber or take a daily fiber supplement, and drink adequate liquids. Regular exercise also can help. To stimulate your bowels, tr ... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
What's your concern?: Are you seeking a short term fix for constipation, or a product that can be taken safely for a long time period (; for what indication)? What side eff ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Senna laxative: is FDA nonprescription. Most common side effects are stomach discomfort, cramps, and diarrhea.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
36 years experience Clinical Psychology
Possible GI problems: Possible effects include a wide range of GI issues as well as vertigo and other distress. Seek medical attention early to select alternative laxatives ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
39 years experience Psychiatry
Dependence: Depends on the amount. Small amounts may just lead to dependence, but prolonged and excessive use can cause change in bowel bacteria leading to other ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leila Hashemi
21 years experience Internal Medicine
More Information: Hi, do you have constipation and you need help with that? If that's the case then why don't you start with high fiber diet, drinking lots of fluid, pr ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
SideEffects of abuse: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Stephenson M D
44 years experience Neurology
Less than 24 hrs: Should be a short lived side effect.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
About 8 hours: About 8 hours.

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