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If I take a laxative right after a meal, will it go straight through so I don't absorb it?
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
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In brief: No
There are a variety of laxatives that work in different ways, but in general taking a laxative with food won't stop it from working.
(btw, not every medication for constipation needs to be absorbed in order for it to work). In general it's a good idea to try not to take laxatives on a frequent/regular basis; instead try to achieve regular bm's through a high fiber, high water diet.

In brief: No
There are a variety of laxatives that work in different ways, but in general taking a laxative with food won't stop it from working.
(btw, not every medication for constipation needs to be absorbed in order for it to work). In general it's a good idea to try not to take laxatives on a frequent/regular basis; instead try to achieve regular bm's through a high fiber, high water diet.
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