Laxatives should only be taken under doctor supervision.
Some directly irritate your colon
to contract to remove stool and can lead to depending on them for a bowel movement
. Others work by removing water from your body & put it into your colon to "flush" the stool out. Both can lead to dehydration
and electrolyte imbalance if taken improperly. See your dr if you are having constipation
Answer assisted by Nicole Bressler, Medical Student