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I am constipated and probably need to take a laxative but am worried about side effects. Do laxatives give you diarrhea
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Dr. Joshua Katz
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Laxatives
This is a loaded question.
Start by defining exactly what you mean by constipation, and keeping a journal of what happens daily. Laxatives may or may not be appropriate and should be used regularly only under medical supervision. To address constipation on your own, first eat 3 regular meals per day, drink two liters of water per day, cut out caffeine and alcohol, and add fiber to each meal.

In brief: Laxatives
This is a loaded question.
Start by defining exactly what you mean by constipation, and keeping a journal of what happens daily. Laxatives may or may not be appropriate and should be used regularly only under medical supervision. To address constipation on your own, first eat 3 regular meals per day, drink two liters of water per day, cut out caffeine and alcohol, and add fiber to each meal.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Yes
If laxatives are used excessively or not according to directions, one can have diarrhea.

In brief: Yes
If laxatives are used excessively or not according to directions, one can have diarrhea.
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