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What are the dangers of long term laxative use?

What are the dangers of long term laxative use?

"Lazy bowels": Or in other words, aggravating the original condition- the constipation, if that is what you are treating. If you are treating constipation i would suggest that you correct it from the root. Get a consult , get help. There may be one reason or multiple combined- dietary, hydration, exercise, hypothyroidism, lifestyle related, psychological, side effect of medications, .... ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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What are the effects of long term laxative use?

Laxative use: It can damage the muscular function of the bowel. * You may need more and more of the laxative to get results, until eventually the laxatives do not work. * Excessive laxative use can drain the body of water, vitamins, and minerals. * It can cause kidney stones or kidney failure. * The effects of other medicines can be changed.these are some of the long term effects ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of movicol laxative?Regards

What are the long term side effects of movicol laxative?Regards

Possible GI problems: Possible effects include a wide range of GI issues as well as vertigo and other distress. Seek medical attention early to select alternative laxatives. ...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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Chronic constipation. Is using anthraquinone laxatives safe long term in low doses?

Chronic constipation. Is using anthraquinone laxatives safe long term in low doses?

Not Great: The main prob with the long term use of any laxative is the body becomes dependent on the med & when you try to stop can be a rebound. In your case this is esp true as Movicol (Aust) is polyethylene glycol, which is an osmotic laxative as is anthra lax (work in a sim way). Also anthra lax's cause cause something called Melanosis Coli, which nobody knows the sig of. There are many tx's for IBS now. ...Read more

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Does long term use of stool softeners and laxatives cause vitam and mineral imbalances/ deficiencies?

Does long term use of stool softeners and laxatives cause vitam and mineral imbalances/ deficiencies?

Yes: Long term use of harsh laxatives like milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or castor oil can cause nutritional problems but mainly they cause the colon to become more and more sluggish, causing more laxative use. If you have a problem moving your bowels or you are using laxatives for weight loss you should consult your primary care for advice. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old. She is currently on miralax (polyethylene glycol) and dulcalax. Any risks to long term use?

Laxatives: Laxatives are usually used in addition to eating high fiber diet to help regulate bowel movement. There have been recent studies tring to identify if there is association between obessive compulsive disorder and tremor and laxatives. Still the jury is out. Constipation need to be treated with behavioral modifications to help trigger children to go to the bath around the same time every day ...Read more

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Safest stool softener for long term use in patients with heart, liver & kidney problems?

Safest stool softener for long term use in patients with heart, liver & kidney problems?

Prunes...: ...Or cherries. Hard to go wrong with them, and when taken in the right quantity, will keep things moving (just may take a little adjustment to figure out what that "dose" is). ...Read more

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