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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

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


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How common is laxative abuse?

How common is laxative abuse?

More than you think: 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 is the definition or description of: laxative abuse?

Overuse: 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 keep their weight down. ...Read more

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Can laxative abuse affect my fertility?

Can laxative abuse affect my fertility?

If it leads: to MALNUTRITION Y DEFINITELY YES! Menstration will often stop with even minor malnutrition and since anxiety is often associated with eating disorders this can also affect ovulation!!! Furthermore you would NOT BE WISE in getting pregnant with an unresolved eating disorder Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...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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Can laxative abuse cause gastroparesis thanx?

Can laxative abuse cause gastroparesis thanx?

No: Abuse of medications is not healthy, and laxative abuse can cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, potential colon damage, etc. But gastroparesis does not come from laxative use. ...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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What is laxative abuse vs necessary frequent laxative use?

What is laxative abuse vs necessary frequent laxative use?

How freq, necessary?: Why the need for frequent, necessary laxatives? Check diet, meds, level of activity, gyn issues. Metabolic/hormonal issues. Anything reversible here? Abuse of laxatives occurs when it is used as a means for weight control (doesn't really do that), a response to binge eating, or when one is unable or unwilling to make the necessary and appropriate lifestyle changes. See md to exclude pathology. ...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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