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Can laxatives really help with weight loss?

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Dr. Marc Neff
Surgery
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In brief: Laxative weight loss

Laxatives are useful for patients with chronic or intermittent constipation.
Some are over the counter, some are prescription. Constipation can also be a signal for a doctor eval. But not useful for weight loss. Some patients with a rapid change in their diet and exercise plan may experience changes in their bowel habits, but a laxative would only seldom be used under a doctor supervision.

In brief: Laxative weight loss

Laxatives are useful for patients with chronic or intermittent constipation.
Some are over the counter, some are prescription. Constipation can also be a signal for a doctor eval. But not useful for weight loss. Some patients with a rapid change in their diet and exercise plan may experience changes in their bowel habits, but a laxative would only seldom be used under a doctor supervision.
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