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Dont laugh but does exlax abuse cause any minor/serious side effects?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Agree w Dr. Lombardi

Ex Lax is a Sennoside (Senna).
Potential side effects w senna may include rectal bleeding (black, tarry, malodorous stools), abdominal cramping & pain, nausea / vomiting, diarrhea, gas, brown urine & feeling lightheaded. Dehydration, reduced potassium levels, liver problems,cardiac arrhythmia and kidney damage may occur.

In brief: Agree w Dr. Lombardi

Ex Lax is a Sennoside (Senna).
Potential side effects w senna may include rectal bleeding (black, tarry, malodorous stools), abdominal cramping & pain, nausea / vomiting, diarrhea, gas, brown urine & feeling lightheaded. Dehydration, reduced potassium levels, liver problems,cardiac arrhythmia and kidney damage may occur.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Milena Lombardi
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Laxative abuse can result in melanosis coli.
Essentially cells die from wear and tear. When they die they spill out a cellular pigment that stains the colon. It's best you find out what is causing chronic constipation before you use a laxative long term. You don't want to mask an underlying problem.

In brief: Yes

Laxative abuse can result in melanosis coli.
Essentially cells die from wear and tear. When they die they spill out a cellular pigment that stains the colon. It's best you find out what is causing chronic constipation before you use a laxative long term. You don't want to mask an underlying problem.
Dr. Milena Lombardi
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