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Will a hair strand test reveal laxative abuse?

Will a hair strand test reveal laxative abuse?

Detection of abuse: Diagnosis of factitious diarrhea can be made by colonic barium x-ray, stool & urine testing for phenolphthalein, emetine, bisacodyl, anthraquinolones, & fecal fluid can be analyzed for osmolality & electrolytes. See also my earlier answers on healthtap regarding colon lining changes seen on colonoscopy, as well as the physical manifestions that may present in suspected laxative abusers. ...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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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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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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Is there Liquid diet plan for laxative abuse recovery?

Is there Liquid diet plan for laxative abuse recovery?

No: Here is a good dietary plan for recovery. It is essentially a regular diet! Your body needs water and high fiber foods for regular bowels. http://www.edcatalogue.com/stop-abusing-laxatives/ ...Read more

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Please explain who should I seek help from re laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

Please explain who should I seek help from re laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

Find a therapist: Who specializes in eating disorders and work with them on the laxative abuse. There are also day and inpatient programs for bulimia whare all aspects of the disorder can be addressed by a team of therapists and doctors. ...Read more

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Can laxative abuse harm your heart ?

Addicted to Laxitive: Yes, absolutely. This is nothing to blink at. Laxitive abuse can be over come and you can get back to health. Just need to ask for help. ...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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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 Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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