What are the effects of laxative abuse?

Effects of abuse. "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Abusers get chronic diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, edema, nausea/vomiting, muscle weakness, bone pain, lassitude, kidney stones, skin changes, kidney disease, dehydration.

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Are there side effects of laxative abuse?

SideEffects of abuse. "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Abusers get chronic diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, edema, nausea/vomiting, muscle weakness, bone pain, lassitude, kidney stones, skin changes, kidney disease, dehydration. Read more...

How dangerous is laxative abuse? How fast does one see negative side effects?

Very. Dangerous. It can throw off your entire body chemistry. It can damage the lining of your colon. It can be linked to a deeper psychological problem that needs serious helpto overcome if being abused to lose or maintain weight. Read more...

Part of my ED recovery was ending daily laxative abuse (12-14 a day). How can I rebuild my health from the effects of said abuse? I still need to use various fiber supplements, and Metamucil regularly in order to have regular BMs, are these as bad?

Laxatives. Congrats on the progress you've made. Please see a gastroenterologist for guidance as you continue. Also, please see a nutritionist to learn what diet is best for you. These two factors together can go a long way to helping you make even more progress. Peace and good health. Read more...
Fiber is good. . Maintaining your fiber (50-70 grams daily across 4-5 meals) and water (enough that urine seems almost clear) intake will help, and is much more natural and safe than regular laxative overuse. . Read more...

What is laxative abuse?

Laxative Abuse. Laxative abuse is the continued use of laxatives for uses other than for the treatment of constipation. An example would be in the person who has an eating disorder who must feel the need to purge themselves after overeating. It is not uncommon for patients with anorexia to abuse laxatives. Read more...

How common is laxative abuse?

More than you think. Two patient groups (both will deny laxative ingestion): bulemia nervosa (typically women 18-40), & surreptitious laxative abusers (usually women 40-60). "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Suspects need eval. Read more...

Is it possible to die from laxative abuse?

Yes. You can. I'm an autopsy pathologist. Why not stay slim by exercising and eating with fitness-focused friends instead? There's a lot of fun in your future if you try this. Cheers. Read more...

Looked up laxative abuse but still unsure what it is.?

Extra Oordinary Use. Laxative abuse occurs when one uses laxatives for reasons other that their intenced and causes impairment in one's ability to function. Some common situatuations where laxatives are abused include eating disorders such bulemia and anorexia nervosa. Laxative abuse can lead to serious even life threatening complications. If you think you are abusing laxatives get help from your physician. Read more...
Exactly that. Using laxatives too often or for unintended uses such as weight loss. Abuse of laxatives causes other problems, so the person needs help. Have them start with their doctor. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: laxative abuse?

Overuse. Laxatives come in various types. Stimulant laxatives are potentially the most "dangerous" in that there is the potential to cause a weak or "cathartic" colon. In this condition, the colon becomes sluggish and ultimately unresponsive to laxatives. Laxative abuse is most common in young women trying to keep their weight down. Read more...