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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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Will a hair strand test show all drug abuse?

Will a hair strand test show all drug 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

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Will focalin (dexmethylphenidate) give a positive result for meth on a hair follicle drug test?

Will focalin (dexmethylphenidate) give a positive result for meth on a hair follicle drug test?

No: Hair follicle tests are not just screening tests. They always have a full confirmation for the exact drug. ...Read more

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2a, 3a-epithio-17a-methyletioallocholanol, will it show up as anything on a hair follicle drug test?

2a, 3a-epithio-17a-methyletioallocholanol, will it show up as anything on a hair follicle drug test?

Maybe: Drug testing for pro (steroid) hormones is getting increasingly sophisticated. But the side effects of using spawn and its relatives are dire. The best advice i could give anyone using it is "don't". I hope you ask having stopped, if you have been using it. If you haven't please don't take offense at my concern. ...Read more

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Do home hair follicle tests show fentanyl? Will fentanyl show up in a standard urine test given by a dr?

Do home hair follicle tests show fentanyl? Will fentanyl show up in a standard urine test given by a dr?

Fetanyl: There are non dot tests in the urine that can find it. At times it will be disclosed as an opiate and not specify the type. Dot tests will not find it. The hair testing non dot can find it up to 3 months after use. ...Read more

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Are there medications that would give a false positive in a hair strand test for THC?

Are there medications that would give a false positive in a hair strand test for THC?

Look up Protonix (pantoprazole): (pantoprazole sodium). OTC cold medications often trigger positive drugs tests for amphetamines. And, in the non-medication arena, don't eat Hemp Salad Oil. Had a government employee who loves the stuff turn up positive for cannabis and got referred to a psychologist (me). It was nice talking to him but he needed a change in diet, not rehab... ...Read more

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I have just had a drug hair strand test, would nytol give a false positive result?

I have just had a drug hair strand test, would nytol give a false positive result?

False positive: Nytol is diphenhydramine. Diphenhydramine can cause false positive result for methadone or phencyclidine (PCP). Hopefully you mentioned all medications you were taking at the time of the drug test. ...Read more

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Could phentermine give you a false positive on a urine drug screening ?

Could phentermine give you a false positive on a urine drug screening
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Maybe: It is possible on some drug screens for Phentermine to show up as amphetamine. I usually warn my weight loss patients of this and write them a letter for their employer. Your doctor should be able to write you a letter in case this happens. ...Read more

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Can deoderant containing alcohol cause a false positive on an etg urine screen?

Can deoderant containing alcohol cause a false positive on an etg urine screen?

Positive: Alcohol on skin can cause a positive etg and it would be positive not false positive. ...Read more

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Will unisom cause a false positive on a drug test!?

No: It would be very unusual to have a false positive on a urine drug screen with unisom. In the rare chance this did happen, the confirmatory test would come back negative. ...Read more

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Could damiana show up in a hair drug test?

Not generally: this is not particularly a chemical that anybody is looking for. In addition, it is not illegal in the US. There is no reason I could see that anybody would be testing for this herbal product. ...Read more

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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

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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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Can laxative abuse harm your heart ?

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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What do I do if I have laxative abuse (associated with purging anorexia nervosa)?

What do I do if I have laxative abuse (associated with purging anorexia nervosa)?

Seek medical help: This is not something that you can beat on your own. Get help from a medical professional with expertise in treating eating disorders. ...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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Can laxative abuse cause gastroparesis thanx?

Can laxative abuse cause gastroparesis thanx?

No: Abuse of medications is not healthy, and laxative abuse can cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, potential colon damage, etc. But gastroparesis does not come from laxative use. ...Read more

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What is laxative abuse vs necessary frequent laxative use?

What is laxative abuse vs necessary frequent laxative use?

How freq, necessary?: Why the need for frequent, necessary laxatives? Check diet, meds, level of activity, gyn issues. Metabolic/hormonal issues. Anything reversible here? Abuse of laxatives occurs when it is used as a means for weight control (doesn't really do that), a response to binge eating, or when one is unable or unwilling to make the necessary and appropriate lifestyle changes. See md to exclude pathology. ...Read more

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What to do if no one's answering. can laxative abuse cause diabetes?

What to do if no one's answering. can laxative abuse cause diabetes?

I don't think so: Type I diabetes is autoimmune and I can't see how abuse of either an irritating laxative or a saline cathartic could contribute. Type II diabetes is genetic and gets expressed earlier if the person is overweight and/or doesn't exercise. If this person's abusing laxatives to stay thin, a major lifestyle modification is in order. ...Read more

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I don't have health insurance but battling laxative abuse and disordered eating. What can I do I beat this?

I don't have health insurance but battling laxative abuse and disordered eating. What can I do I beat this?

Depression: I commend you for being open about your disordered eating and Laxative abuse. Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds even for eating and using laxatives. Set a goal of Becoming Captain of your overwhelming feelings, not VICTIM. Believe in healing Powers of your body and speak aloud; "Disordered eating and Laxative abuse are harmful" ...Read more

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What is official diagnosis for laxative abuse? Does that include enemas?

Types of 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

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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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This might sound dumb, but can miralax help to ween me off laxative abuse and be a positive reinforcement?

This might sound dumb, but can miralax help to ween me off laxative abuse and be a positive reinforcement?

Absolutely!: Work with a doctor on this please, and congratulations on your new commitment toward better health. ...Read more

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The left side of my lower abdomen sticks out more than my right. I have a history of laxative abuse as well. Is this related? Or what could be wrong?

The left side of my lower abdomen sticks out more than my right. I have a history of laxative abuse as well. Is this related? Or what could be wrong?

Could be: I have seen people(all with histories of laxative abuse who end up with parts of their colon becoming over dilated. An abdominal xray usually shows massive amounts of stool. ...Read more

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I have been on oxycontin for chronic pain for 3 months. I am unable to move my bowels. I take 3 types of laxatives. The miniscule fragments are soft and a small amount of mucus is present. I have a history of laxative abuse 25 years ago. Prior to recent s

I have been on oxycontin for chronic pain for 3 months. I am unable to move my bowels. I take 3 types of laxatives. The miniscule fragments are soft and a small amount of mucus is present. I have a history of laxative abuse 25 years ago. Prior to recent s

Talk to your doc: If it is severe, the dose of Oxycontin should be reduced, at least 10-20%. There is a medicine called Relistor (methylnaltrexone) that is very effective for opiate-induced constipation, but has to be given as a shot by doctor. A stool softener twice daily, some senna based laxative and a magnesium laxative are best. Am concerned about Oxycontin long-term in anybody your age. Get a second opinion. ...Read more

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