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I think I may be addicted to laxatives. How do I stop?

I think I may be addicted to laxatives. How do I stop?

Laxative addiction: You might want to attend a meeting of overeaters anonymous (oa). Laxative addiction may be a form of bulimia, and you may find support in oa from others who are recovering from this disorder. You may also want to be evaluated by your primary care physician or internist, since you laxative addiction may have dangerous metabolic consequences. ...Read more

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I'm 16, addicted to stimulant laxatives. I take 20 a night, my parents don't know. How do I stop secretly without gaining weight or bloating?im scared

I'm 16, addicted to stimulant laxatives. I take 20 a night, my parents don't know. How do I stop secretly without gaining weight or bloating?im scared

Dangerous 4 Health: I don't want to scare you off, but this is very dangerous for your health! This can cause imbalance with your electrolytes or "blood salts", heart, neurological problems, among other things. I am scared for you also! I want you to drum up the courage today to tell your family what is going on and ask them for help. This is urgent and something that can't wait. Otherwise, see a doc asap! ...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?

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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If I stop taking laxatives will my body only gain and keep the water it lost or will my body continue collecting and keeping water?

Laxatives: It is not a good idea to take laxatives on a regular basis. If you stop them, your body will not retain any fluid. If the body has excess fluid at any point, the kidneys will get rid of it. If you're taking laxatives on a regular basis, unless prescribed by a doctor, you should stop them. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I stop taking laxatives?? It seems like I'm gaining waight and getting fat every time I stop them! is it just in my mind or do I really gain?

Stop: You need to stop this activity before you ruin the motility of the colon. Which you shall do. Go to your doctor talk to her and have the doctor help you. This is serious ...Read more

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Obsessed with laxatives while pregnant, how to stop?

Please let your: Obstetrician know promptly. You need extra help if you find yourself unable to stop this behavior. ...Read more

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I don't know how to stop using laxatives. I take 12 sometimes 2x/day. If I stop I get constipated for days and days. Any advice other than seeing a dr?

I don't know how to stop using laxatives. I take 12 sometimes 2x/day. If I stop I get constipated for days and days. Any advice other than seeing a dr?

Laxative overuse: Try using Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily and taking in more fiber, fluids, and exercising more. Metamucil is a good source of psyllium fiber and inexpensive. 24 a day is an excessive amount of laxatives. It is time to consult with a gastroenterology specialist and have a blood test to rule out hypothyroidism, which can cause consitpation. ...Read more

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I am emotionally addicted to laxatives for weight loss : / helllpp me?

Several options: 1. See a hypnotist or psychotherapist. They are very good at removing emotional attachments to objects. 2. Stop it. You will not lose weight permanently with laxatives. You will lose stool and water, and can harm yourself. Fat loss comes from burning more calories than you eat. ...Read more

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Can my bowel stop working after taking laxatives on a regular basis?

Can my bowel stop working after taking laxatives on a regular basis?

Yes: Your bowels can definitely be affected from long term laxative use. I would recommend seeing your doctor or a gastroenterologist for bowel retraining. This can be a difficult process so you will need to stick with it and not continue laxative use. ...Read more