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Are laxatives safe for irritable bowel syndrome?
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Only if given by Dr
Laxatives are usually not used for ibs unless they are prescribed by your dr. Most laxatives work by irritating the colon to push stool out.
Other laxatives work by bringing water into your colon to flush the stool out. These may cause dehydration & electrolyte problems if used improperly. Most dr suggests altering your diet & managing stress. Talk to your dr about your options, there are some meds.

In brief: Only if given by Dr
Laxatives are usually not used for ibs unless they are prescribed by your dr. Most laxatives work by irritating the colon to push stool out.
Other laxatives work by bringing water into your colon to flush the stool out. These may cause dehydration & electrolyte problems if used improperly. Most dr suggests altering your diet & managing stress. Talk to your dr about your options, there are some meds.
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