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Is sugar-free gum (with laxative affects when overused) considered a laxative?

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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Sugar free gum with sorbitol can have a laxative effect.
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol which is poorly absorbed and in sufficient does has a laxative effect. It can be prescribed as a laxative.**Diabetic patients should avoid sorbitol because elevated sorbitol levels, which occur with hyperglycemia, are implicated as a factor causing diabetic vascular disease, including kidney disease.

In brief: Yes

Sugar free gum with sorbitol can have a laxative effect.
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol which is poorly absorbed and in sufficient does has a laxative effect. It can be prescribed as a laxative.**Diabetic patients should avoid sorbitol because elevated sorbitol levels, which occur with hyperglycemia, are implicated as a factor causing diabetic vascular disease, including kidney disease.
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