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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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What do you recommend if i take a lot of laxatives every day how do I stop this?

What do you recommend if i take a lot of laxatives every day how do I stop this?

See your doctor.: How to gradually get off laxatives will depend largely on why you are constipated in the first place. This will take a good history and physical and perhaps some tests. You should make an appointment to see a gastroenterologist soon. In the meantime you could start adding fiber to your diet and maybe even add a fiber supplement such as Metamucil once a day with extra liquids. Good luck. ...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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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 need help with my laxative abuse. How can I stop? I'm scared I'm doing major long term damage to myself

Laxative abuse: You're certainly wise to be concerned about laxative abuse which can cause damage to the colon lining. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to instruct you on the causes, types, proper diet, fluid intake and, if deemed advisable, prescription medications useful in certain cases of chronic constipation. ...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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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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I have an eating disorder iv been on laxatives for 6 weeks now how do i stop taking them?

I have an eating disorder iv been on laxatives for 6 weeks now how do i stop taking them?

Try tapering: Try taking it every other day for a week, then every 3rd for a week,then every 4th and so on until you just stop.This should limit any extra stress on your system as you get off them. ...Read more

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I take 11-20 laxatives a day and can't seem to stop. I know i already have ulcers but i just can't stop what do I do?

See a counsellor: The use of medication beyond indication leads to tolerance and dependency. Requires couselling and dealing with underlying mental needs that lead to abuse of usually medical medications. ...Read more

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I'm struggling a lot with my eating disorder (undiagnosed) and I can't stop using on average 6-12 laxatives a day. What should I do?

Get Help!: I am so sorry you are having such struggles with your self image. You must be feeling so out of control with your behavior and your body. Chronic laxative use in the context of disordered eating is very dangerous for you! Electrolyte imbalances are serious and can be actually fatal. Please get immediate help at your nearest primary care doc in conjunction with mental health care. Don't delay! ...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

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Im 20. I took laxative alot for months. Ive stop for few weeks since now but no period for 4 months. Please help?

Related?: Not sure if these are related to each other. Any chance you could be pregnant? Have you lost a lot of weight? Stress? these can all cause loss of period. ...Read more

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I've been having medication provoked constipation for the last 6 wks. I've used a laxative once weekly since. Cant move my bowels without. Stop?

Talk to your doctor: Whether you should stop your medication depends on the severity of the problem the medication is treating, what other options might be available and how hard you have tried to take care of your constipation. Are you eating a good diet, drinking enough water? Have you tried an over the counter such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (generic would be ok). Have you talked with your doctor about the constipation? ...Read more

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So I should stop docusate sodium, and start magnezium 250mg, aren't both of them laxatives. And how long I should stay with magnesium?

So I should stop docusate sodium, and start magnezium 250mg, aren't both of them laxatives. And how long I should stay with magnesium?

Both help BM's : By increasing the water content of stool, making it softer and easier to pass.There should not be used longer than a few days without being under the care of a physician.Magnesium might be a little stronger. ...Read more

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Taking laxative on daylie base (I know not good please don't tell) if I stop I get water in legs why is that?? Will it go away or stay after I stop?

Answer : I would recommend seeing a doctor in order to determine the cause of the fluid in your legs. Potentially serious causes include heart failure, malnutrition, kidney disease, liver disease, anemia, and sleep apnea causing right heart failure. Taking laxatives daily can cause serious electrolyte disturbances as well as reflex constipation. ...Read more