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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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I am suffering from Ex-Lax overdose, is there a treatmnet?

I am suffering from Ex-Lax overdose, is there a treatmnet?

Over Dose: Please call 1-800-222-1222 anywhere in the United States ; it will connect you to your local poison control center. It is a free service ; is available 24/7. For those who do not speak english – ask for a translator ; a three way call with a translator will follow. ...Read more

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I was constipated last week for 4 days and I am always regular, go every morning. So I took ex lax and went. Now it's been another 4 days without a bm?

I was constipated last week for 4 days and I am always regular, go every morning. So I took ex lax and went. Now it's been another 4 days without a bm?

Constipation: If you had profuse bowel movements after taking that laxative, it would not be unusual to miss having bowel movements for a few days while intestinal contents reaccumulate and pass through the intestinal tract. See your physician if you're experiencing abdominal cramps, abdominal distension or continued absence of bowel movements. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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