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.

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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...

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. 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...

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...

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...

Can laxative abuse affect my fertility?

If it leads. to MALNUTRITION Y DEFINITELY YES! Menstration will often stop with even minor malnutrition and since anxiety is often associated with eating disorders this can also affect ovulation!!! Furthermore you would NOT BE WISE in getting pregnant with an unresolved eating disorder Hope this is helpful! Dr Z. Read more...

How do you deal with dehydration with laxative abuse?

Stop the 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). When laxatives are discontinued, edema develops that resolves in 3-6 weeks. Most laxative abusers don't wait 3-6 weeks & return to their purgatives to reduce weight & edema. Read more...