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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can hair loss be caused by exceeding the dose of laxatives? I.E laxative abuse

Can hair loss be caused by exceeding the dose of laxatives? I.E laxative abuse

Yes: Can lead to protein malnutrition and the hair is one of the first areas the body sacrifices, since it's not essential for life. See a qualified psychiatrist re your eating disorder. ...Read more

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A question about laxative abuse. If you need the laxatives, is daily use still considered abuse?

A question about laxative abuse. If you need the laxatives, is daily use still considered abuse?

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 laxative effect are safer. ...Read more

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What to do if no one's answering. can laxative abuse cause diabetes?

What to do if no one's answering. can laxative abuse cause diabetes?

I don't think so: Type I diabetes is autoimmune and I can't see how abuse of either an irritating laxative or a saline cathartic could contribute. Type II diabetes is genetic and gets expressed earlier if the person is overweight and/or doesn't exercise. If this person's abusing laxatives to stay thin, a major lifestyle modification is in order. ...Read more

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I don't have health insurance but battling laxative abuse and disordered eating. What can I do I beat this?

I don't have health insurance but battling laxative abuse and disordered eating. What can I do I beat this?

Depression: I commend you for being open about your disordered eating and Laxative abuse. Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds even for eating and using laxatives. Set a goal of Becoming Captain of your overwhelming feelings, not VICTIM. Believe in healing Powers of your body and speak aloud; "Disordered eating and Laxative abuse are harmful" ...Read more

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Is there Liquid diet plan for laxative abuse recovery?

Is there Liquid diet plan for laxative abuse recovery?

No: Here is a good dietary plan for recovery. It is essentially a regular diet! Your body needs water and high fiber foods for regular bowels. http://www.edcatalogue.com/stop-abusing-laxatives/ ...Read more

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Please explain who should I seek help from re laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

Please explain who should I seek help from re laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

Find a therapist: Who specializes in eating disorders and work with them on the laxative abuse. There are also day and inpatient programs for bulimia whare all aspects of the disorder can be addressed by a team of therapists and doctors. ...Read more

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This might sound dumb, but can miralax help to ween me off laxative abuse and be a positive reinforcement?

This might sound dumb, but can miralax help to ween me off laxative abuse and be a positive reinforcement?

Absolutely!: Work with a doctor on this please, and congratulations on your new commitment toward better health. ...Read more

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I have been on oxycontin for chronic pain for 3 months. I am unable to move my bowels. I take 3 types of laxatives. The miniscule fragments are soft and a small amount of mucus is present. I have a history of laxative abuse 25 years ago. Prior to recent s

I have been on oxycontin for chronic pain for 3 months. I am unable to move my bowels. I take 3 types of laxatives. The miniscule fragments are soft and a small amount of mucus is present. I have a history of laxative abuse 25 years ago. Prior to recent s

Talk to your doc: If it is severe, the dose of Oxycontin should be reduced, at least 10-20%. There is a medicine called Relistor (methylnaltrexone) that is very effective for opiate-induced constipation, but has to be given as a shot by doctor. A stool softener twice daily, some senna based laxative and a magnesium laxative are best. Am concerned about Oxycontin long-term in anybody your age. Get a second opinion. ...Read more

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How can you get your health back in check after laxative abuse?

Daily fiber: Never use laxatives again, if you can help it ( and here's how).If no b m in 2-3 days, try milk of magnesia or miralax (polyethylene glycol).They both work differently that a laxative. ...Read more

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How do you deal with dehydration with laxative abuse?

How do you deal with dehydration with laxative abuse?

Stop the abuse: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). When laxatives are discontinued, edema develops that resolves in 3-6 weeks. Most laxative abusers don't wait 3-6 weeks & return to their purgatives to reduce weight & edema. ...Read more

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Can laxative abuse or over use of laxative cause colitis.?

Can laxative abuse or over use of laxative cause colitis.?

Yes: Why laxatives have to be abused, first cause of the constipation is to be determined by your physician , by exam and tests including colonoscopy for malignancy , anorectal motility studies.Some laxatives that stimulate the colon like seneca etc by constant stimulation colonic mucosa will be damaged permanently and may result colitis. ...Read more

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How long does it take to restore electrolyte levels after laxative abuse?

How long does it take to restore electrolyte levels after laxative abuse?

It varies: I would think it very much depends on the degree of losses, but our kidneys are very well suited in conserving the necessary ions provided the supply is adequate, my guess would be 2-3 days max, it is a guess though. ...Read more

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How likely is rectal prolapse caused by laxative abuse?

How likely is rectal prolapse caused by laxative abuse?

Yes: Laxatives cause spastic contractions of the bowel which, over time, may cause rectal prolapse. The straining associated with the attempts to empty completely worsens the problem. Normally one only has to move bowels once every 1-3 days. Laxative use and abuses is frequently misguided. ...Read more

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What is official diagnosis for laxative abuse? Does that include enemas?

Types of abusers: Two patient groups (both will deny laxative ingestion): bulemia nervosa (typically women 18-40), & surreptitious laxative abusers (usually women 40-60). "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Suspects need eval. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat this constipation without going back to laxative abuse?

What can I do to treat this constipation without going back to laxative abuse?

More fluids: More often than not, most people drink inadequate fluids and/or consume excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic that actually dehydrates you and therefore is not a good fluid to keep your stools soft and passing regularly. I recommend 80 to 100 ounces of non caffeinated/non alcoholic fluid every day, more if you excecise or travel by plane frequently. ...Read more

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How do I recover from laxative abuse? What are some things I can take to get away from this seriously dangerous addiction? Any advice is welcomed!

How do I recover from laxative abuse? What are some things I can take to get away from this seriously dangerous addiction? Any advice is welcomed!

Laxative abuse: Wonderful question and excellent goal. Please do this under the care of your doctor who may refer you to a gastroenterologist. The bacteria in your gut impacts mood, immunity, etc. so it is very important that it be balanced. You can do it. A mental health pro may be helpful to evaluate for eating disorder. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can laxative abuse harm your heart ?

Addicted to Laxitive: Yes, absolutely. This is nothing to blink at. Laxitive abuse can be over come and you can get back to health. Just need to ask for help. ...Read more

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Will a hair strand test reveal laxative abuse?

Detection of abuse: Diagnosis of factitious diarrhea can be made by colonic barium x-ray, stool & urine testing for phenolphthalein, emetine, bisacodyl, anthraquinolones, & fecal fluid can be analyzed for osmolality & electrolytes. See also my earlier answers on healthtap regarding colon lining changes seen on colonoscopy, as well as the physical manifestions that may present in suspected laxative abusers. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Laxative Abuse (Definition)

Laxatives come in various types. Stimulant laxatives are potentially the most "dangerous" in that there is the potential to cause a weak or "cathartic" colon. In this condition, the colon becomes sluggish and ultimately unresponsive to laxatives. Laxative abuse is most common in young women trying to ...Read more