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Is a non stimulant laxative such as Phillips safe to use once a week. Miralax doesn't work for me.
Have chronic constipation. Dr wants me to try Linzess but I would prefer Phillips non stimulant laxative twice a week. Is it safe to use regularly?
Laxative: I would argue that the mildest laxative is either drinking plenty of water or eating plenty of fresh fruits. Daily use of laxatives is not recommended without the oversight of a physician. Fiber supplements and low-dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder are two other "mild" alternatives. ...Read more
Not normally: Gastritis pain is pain associated with the lining of the stomach. Laxatives are not normally active in this section of the GI system and normally work more in the intestines. They may give you gas and bloating, some cramping, but most likely will not cause gastritis specific pain. Speak with you physician about any suspicion of gastritis. ...Read more
No: The effect on weight of laxatives is only an illusion. You soon gain the little weight lost as soon as your bowels are full again & you regain the body water lost. The best way to lose weight is diet and exercise. Try eliminating snacks or one meal a day or reduce meal portions by 1/4 - 1/3. Add aerobic exercises (30min - 1hr) 3-5 days a week and you will lose weight. Good luck! ...Read more
No one cares: But, if you need to tell yourself something, try that you're buying it for another person. Or, pay someone to be a purchasing agent - or order it online. There is nothing wrong with anyone needing a bit of an aid in helping their body work better. It's okay! ...Read more
Get checked out: If u r looking for powerful laxatives, I assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider & check out numerous healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers--don't use them! If constipation is new, has significantly worsened, is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain, esp. If "colitis" (inflamed colon) is present, see doctor. ...Read more
When we abuse it:
There a lot of harm whenwe abuse laxatives.
The side efects from laxitives are.
Weight loss, dehydration. Electrolyte imbalance, laxative dependence.
Bulk-forming laxatives can cause bloating and flatulence (wind) stimulant laxatives can cause abdominal (tummy) pain; using them for long periods of time can result in a weakened or 'lazy' bowel, stool softener laxatives can cause abdominal cramps. ...Read more
Depends on laxative: There are a few classes of laxatives out there and each have their own side effects. If you're using laxatives every day for weight loss, then we worry about serious health effects. I've seen people on certain laxatives for years, just because that's what their medical condition required. So really depends on type of laxative and what you're using it for. ...Read more
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
Bad idea: This is not an ideal way to lose weight, in fact, it can be dangerous. It can cause electrolyte and mineral imbalances, dehydration and colon problems, particularly when used in the long run. Please reconsider this idea and focus on more long term goals with a focus on healthy eating and physical activity. Best of luck. ...Read more
Laxatives: The answer is a clear and reliable no. Laxatives cannot in any way help you lose weight. Many people find that at first as their bowels clear out more rapidly that there seems to be a short term loss of weight and then they begin to obsess about this rapid transit of their stools thinking this leads to less absorption of calories. But, in reality this is myth and not true. ...Read more