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Dr. David Wassell
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Phenolphthalein (Overview)

Phenolphthalein is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


Dr. David Wassell
5 doctors shared insights

Phenolphthalein (Overview)

Phenolphthalein is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

Dependence: Depends on the amount. Small amounts may just lead to dependence, but prolonged and excessive use can cause change in bowel bacteria leading to other infections, electrolyte disturbances which can lead to fatigue, cardiac irregularity and possible death. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take one regular strength Ex-Lax pill 1 every 10 days?

Is it safe to take one regular strength Ex-Lax pill 1 every 10 days?

Sounds ok: Taking an ex lax once every 10 days is just 3 times a month, which sounds ok to do. The concern would be regarding the cause of the constipation. One's primary care doctor can look for the cause, and if nothing serious is found, then occasional laxative use is fine to do. A GI specialist (the one who does colonoscopies) can also be helpful in evaluating chronic constipation symptoms. ...Read more

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Are Ex-Lax and dulco lax the same?

Both are laxatives: Dulcolax (bisacodyl) & Ex Lax (Sennoside / Senna) are both laxatives. Similar effect but two different medications. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ex Lax (Definition)

Ex-lax is a laxative which is a ...Read more