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Doctor insights on: Laxative Abuse

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How do you know if you abuse laxatives?

How do you know if you abuse laxatives?

Laxative 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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How do I know if I am abusing laxatives?

Laxative: Misuse, when continue using without physical need to justify use. ...Read more

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I've been abusing laxatives for 3 yrs. 40 pills a day. I can't go without them? How do I stop needing them?

I've been abusing laxatives for 3 yrs. 40 pills a day. I can't go without them? How do I stop needing them?

Addiction Psychiatry: You will not be able to do this on your own. You may need to find and meet with an addiction counselor or addiction psychiatrist. If you do not know where to find this type of service your family physician may be a good place to start. ...Read more

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I was wondering is abusing laxatives a purging method?

I was wondering is abusing laxatives a purging method?

Yes: Abusing laxative is very dangerous. It can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that can be lethal. Please seek help immediately, talk to a psychiatrist or other physician with experience in addictions. Mutual support helps, many people have received life-changing help from Overeaters Anonymous. ...Read more

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What is laxative abuse?

Laxative Abuse: Laxative abuse is the continued use of laxatives for uses other than for the treatment of constipation. An example would be in the person who has an eating disorder who must feel the need to purge themselves after overeating. It is not uncommon for patients with anorexia to abuse laxatives. ...Read more

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What are the effects of laxative abuse?

Effects 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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When does laxative use cross the line to abuse?

Laxative 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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Please tell me if it is bulimia if you abuse laxatives?

Dangerous: I've run into various definitions, but as a pathologist i need to tell you that laxative abuse can not land you just in the hospital, it can land you on the autopsy service. Please stop this. If you eat compulsively, get help both from a dietician and a therapist. One way out of this may be to join a fitness organization and make this a lifestyle focus. Please save your life. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from laxative abuse?

Yes: You can. I'm an autopsy pathologist. Why not stay slim by exercising and eating with fitness-focused friends instead? There's a lot of fun in your future if you try this. Cheers. ...Read more