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Is it ok to use a laxative daily

A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Simon
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Doubtful : Air fluid levels in the colon would suggest an obstruction. Assuming you took miralax for constipation, it would be the constipation that led to x Ray... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
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 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Uncertain: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Laxatives.: As infrequently as possible.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: It is. In the sense laxatives may reduce the bowel's normal activity. This can result in worsening constipation.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
2-3 x a week: Please avoid daily use.

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