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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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Can laxatives cause the feeling of intestinal rawness and soreness? Took two ex lax last night. Was effective, but i am still feeling crampy and sore.

Can laxatives cause the feeling of intestinal rawness and soreness? Took two ex lax last night. Was effective, but i am still feeling crampy and sore.

Not exactly...: What was the original reason for taking the laxative? If for constipation, you should increase your intake of fruits such as prunes to improve your stools. If for abdominal pain and cramping, a laxative would make the issue worse. If it is not better in a few days, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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If i get constipated for a few days would it be better to take ex lax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)? No bulk forming laxatives those back me up even worse

If i get constipated for a few days would it be better to take ex lax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)? No bulk forming laxatives those back me up even worse

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): eat more fruit,more fibers. hydrate well and exercise. eat prune,and drink juices. you can place half the bottle of miralax (polyethylene glycol) in 64 oz of Gatorade, and drink it in 12 hours, after you take four tablets of dulcolax in the evening, and another four in the morning, and start drinking. this is how they clean the colon for endoscopy. then start fresh by eating the right food,hydrate,fibers,prune,juices. ...Read more

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If i took Ex-Lax for constipation, but then got reflux soon after(i ate immediately before taking the ex lax) will that make the Ex-Lax not work?

If i took Ex-Lax for constipation, but then got reflux soon after(i ate immediately before taking the ex lax) will that make the Ex-Lax not work?

Probably not: If you did not vomit exlax then the medication should be absorbed by intestines and work on constipation. Reflux may not be directly related to exlax but the meal prior to taking the medication.Abiity of ex lax to work also depends on whether you respond to ex lax to relieve constipation. There is high association between constipation and gerd. ...Read more

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Are Ex-Lax and dulco lax the same?

Are Ex-Lax and dulco lax the same?

Both are laxatives: Dulcolax (bisacodyl) & Ex Lax (Sennoside / Senna) are both laxatives. Similar effect but two different medications. ...Read more

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Ex lax cause miscarriage?

Ex lax cause miscarriage?

Probably not: Anything is possible, but i highly doubt that exlax causes miscarriage. If you have trouble with pregnancy or chronic constipation, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ex-lax overdose?

What is the treatment for ex-lax overdose?

Time and transit: Ex-lax is a senoside. It is a cathartic (laxative) and promotes peristalsis (movement of content through the bowel). The sooner it goes through, the better off you will be. It is minimally absorbed through the gut. You may have lots of cramps and gushes of diarrhea. If concerned or at risk of other problems due to this, see pcp, call poison control or go to er. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overdose on ex-lax?

Is it possible to overdose on ex-lax?

Ex-lax overdose: Some of the most common potential side effects with Dulcolax are diarrhea, abdominal cramps/pain, indigestion, ^ gas, weakness, feeling dizzy, ^ thirst and nausea. The sxs could increase considerably if you take an over-dose. ...Read more

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