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Is it ok to use a laxative daily

A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Water: Water and fiber in the diet. There should be no reason to take a laxative every day. Especially in a young healthy male.

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
43 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.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: No one should need laxatives. See a pmd, GI doc or colorectal surgeon who is familiar with performing motility studies. Stool softeners without the la ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Laxatives: Congrats on the progress you've made. Please see a gastroenterologist for guidance as you continue. Also, please see a nutritionist to learn what di ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience General Surgery
Yes but: Quite a few over the counter (otc) preps contain both elements. As with most otc medications, temporary use to relieve symptoms are usually fine. Ha ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hou ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: Your question does not indicate if this is for you or a child and why you are using it.If you, diet change, wetting agents and scheduled emptying are ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Hibiclens or Chlorhexidine is not recommended for use in children 2 months of age or younger. It is usually not used for more than 2 weeks at a time ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jyoti Ramakrishna
35 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Yes: Antidepressants can make you constipated, so sometimes these are recommended. However you should check with the doctor who prescribed the antidepressa ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: It is absolutely safe. It is just natural fiber, and it is good for your bowels. If you do this, be sure to drink lots of liquids with it also. It is ... Read More
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Steroids: If you are asking about oral steroids, it is not safe to take them daily, they carry a lot of long term side effects such as weight gain, loss of bone ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: It is ok to use a glycerin suppository, but it may not be enough. You may want to try a stool softener.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: Yes. Both are safe in usual doses.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Laxative Abuse: Nope. Absolutely not. This addiction is a common problem. The obsession is nearly debilitating in this addiction and one must get some control and he ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herbert Hoover
50 years experience General Practice
Yes, but better way: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a safe laxative, but ar age 21, i would rather see you deal with constipation more naturally by getting regular exerc ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
No.: A proper diet and normal muscles and function of the colon should allow you to have bowel movements without doing this. If this does not happen, you ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes,I don't think so: I personally would not take MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) even once a day. While most people seem to tolerate it well, it has the potential of causing ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Rein
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Try miralax (polyethylene glycol): The truth is that stool softeners work when used here and there. If used regularly, they loose their potency and become ineffective. For regular relie ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Yes, but it would: be sensible to make an appointment with your health care provider and see if additional long term management/therapy could reduce your need for acute ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
28 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Avoid enemas in children. As pediatrician about dietary changes and laxatives if needed.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Lerner Angeles
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Constipation: Long term laxatives are not great for the bowels. If possible add magnesium 250mg once per day to your routine and that may help increase absorption i ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Laxatives: using a laxative no more than once a month will usually not be harmful. However, one should only do this if it is truly necessary. Laxatives should on ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Safdi
45 years experience Gastroenterology
No: Just eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Try to get in 5 - 6 servings daily.
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Benoit
9 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the impact on your quality of life and appropriate work up (colonoscopy, systemic diseases), linzess can b ... Read More
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