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Are there side effects of daily laxative use?

Are there side effects of daily laxative use?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Which is the best laxative without side effects?

Which is the best laxative without side effects?

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 effects concern you (there is no laxative that is without some)? What is the underlying cause of your bowel problem--i recommend that be addressed first (before you resort to self medication) so the correct approach or treatment can be started. ...Read more

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What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

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 infections, electrolyte disturbances which can lead to fatigue, cardiac irregularity and possible death. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of movicol laxative?Regards

What are the long term side effects of movicol laxative?Regards

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

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

Find the problem...: I would definitely recommend to find out why do you need to take a laxative on a daily basis. If you are constipated and persist with symptoms you should see a gastroenterologist for more evaluation. Using laxatives for any other reason on a daily basis is not advised.If you want to stay regular a high fiber diet with fruits and veggies along with plenty of water should help. ...Read more

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Are there side effects of laxative abuse?

SideEffects of 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). Abusers get chronic diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, edema, nausea/vomiting, muscle weakness, bone pain, lassitude, kidney stones, skin changes, kidney disease, dehydration. ...Read more

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How dangerous is laxative abuse? How fast does one see negative side effects?

How dangerous is laxative abuse? How fast does one see negative side effects?

Very: Dangerous. It can throw off your entire body chemistry. It can damage the lining of your colon. It can be linked to a deeper psychological problem that needs serious helpto overcome if being abused to lose or maintain weight. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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