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A 16-year-old female asked:

could vegetable oil be used as a laxative?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Veg oil: Vegetable oil will be at least partially absorbed. It may be totally absorbed. It will lubricate some stool. Better to use prunes, prune juice, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or Magnesia.
Dr. Steven Warren
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Can: probably can be used if it worked but there are better alternatives mineral oil is one OTC laxatives You do not want to use them for long so increase water and fiber in diet

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you suggest some good strong reliable laxative?

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Dr. Mark Gromisch
Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Laxatives: First I should start out by saying that you should be careful with strong laxatives such as senna, as the bowel may become habituated to them any you need them to continue to be regular. Magnesium citrate is quite effective, miralax (polyethylene glycol) is also a good choice. If you have chronic constipation you should be further evaluated for causes such as hypothyroidism.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Is there a laxative that can be taken all the time without the bad side effects and risk of dependency?

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
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, prune juice and increase your activity. I see that you have Anorexia so if you are using the Laxative for that reason you need to know that's not healthy, please be brave and talk to a Psychiatrist about it, they will be able to help you tremendously.
A 20-year-old female asked:

How long will it take for 1 laxative to wear off?

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Dr. Steven Warren
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Within 24 hours: Usually a laxative works within a few hours it depends on the laxative and the type Most are out of the system within 24 hours and some within a few hours. It is possible to have results up to 48 hours after but again 24 hours is common
Jersey City, NJ
A 20-year-old female asked:

Why can't I produce a BM unless I take laxatives?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Constipstion: Multiple reason. Diet, thyroid problems elecrolyes. Fiber, fluids and movement can help.
Houston, TX
A female asked:

Can laxatives speed up your metabolism?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
NO: NO (and there are CERTAINLY BETTER WAYS TO LOOSE WEIGHT!!) (did I guess something about you?) Hope this helps....really!

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