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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
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
My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old. She is currently on miralax 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
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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
24 w preg. With long term constipation. Little/no progress after colace & fiber increase past week. Can I use epsom salt laxative once till i see dr?
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
Depends: Everyone's motility is different. Some may have results within a few minutes and for others, it may take a few hours. ...Read more
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