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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

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 likely is rectal prolapse caused by laxative abuse?

How likely is rectal prolapse caused by laxative abuse?

Yes: Laxatives cause spastic contractions of the bowel which, over time, may cause rectal prolapse. The straining associated with the attempts to empty completely worsens the problem. Normally one only has to move bowels once every 1-3 days. Laxative use and abuses is frequently misguided. Read more

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What can I do to treat this constipation without going back to laxative abuse?

What can I do to treat this constipation without going back to laxative abuse?

More fluids: More often than not, most people drink inadequate fluids and/or consume excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic that actually dehydrates you and therefore is not a good fluid to keep your stools soft and passing regularly. I recommend 80 to 100 ounces of non caffeinated/non alcoholic fluid every day, more if you excecise or travel by plane frequently. 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 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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Can laxative abuse or overuse of laxative cause ringing in the ears?

Can laxative abuse or overuse of laxative cause ringing in the ears?

Very unlikely: Ringing that is perceived as arising in the ear in the absence of an external source of sound is called tinnitus. The most modern theory for its origin is that it is caused by spontaneous firing of electrical stimuli from the inner portion of the temporal lobe of the brain (the highest center for hearing). It is highly unlikely that the abuse of laxatives would be the cause of tinnitus. Read more

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How can you get your health back in check after laxative abuse?

How can you get your health back in check after laxative abuse?

Daily fiber: Never use laxatives again, if you can help it (and here's how).If no b m in 2-3 days, try milk of magnesia or miralax (polyethylene glycol).They both work differently that a laxative. Read more

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How to treat fluid retention in face and hands caused by laxative abuse?

Stop laxative: Would not recommend another med to treat over use of a med. Best is to stop the laxatives and let your body heal. See your doctor for help with this. Can be very difficult to stop using them. Can also be very dangerous to keep using them. Please get help from your doctor. Best of luck with this difficult situation. Read more

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Can hair loss be caused by exceeding the dose of laxatives? I.E laxative abuse

Can hair loss be caused by exceeding the dose of laxatives? I.E laxative abuse

Yes: Can lead to protein malnutrition and the hair is one of the first areas the body sacrifices, since it's not essential for life. See a qualified psychiatrist re your eating disorder. Read more

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Looked up laxative abuse but still unsure what it is.?

Looked up laxative abuse but still unsure what it is.?

Extra Oordinary Use: Laxative abuse occurs when one uses laxatives for reasons other that their intenced and causes impairment in one's ability to function. Some common situatuations where laxatives are abused include eating disorders such bulemia and anorexia nervosa. Laxative abuse can lead to serious even life threatening complications. If you think you are abusing laxatives get help from your physician. 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

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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 is official diagnosis for laxative abuse? Does that include enemas?

Types of 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 recover from laxative abuse? What are some things I can take to get away from this seriously dangerous addiction? Any advice is welcomed!

How do I recover from laxative abuse? What are some things I can take to get away from this seriously dangerous addiction? Any advice is welcomed!

Laxative abuse: Wonderful question and excellent goal. Please do this under the care of your doctor who may refer you to a gastroenterologist. The bacteria in your gut impacts mood, immunity, etc. So it is very important that it be balanced. You can do it. A mental health pro may be helpful to evaluate for eating disorder. Peace and good health. Read more

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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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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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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

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