Side Effects Of Using Laxatives?

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at night Doctor, I’m Nuii, 18 years old, I want to ask. What are the side effects if you use laxatives too often to facilitate bowel movements? Thanks in advance 😊

1 Answer:

Hello Nuii2812,

Laxatives are often used over-the-counter even though the use of these drugs should be in accordance with a doctor's prescription who has conducted a prior examination. First of all, specifically laxatives (most often containing bisacodyl) are indicated for symptoms of constipation and for emptying the contents of the stomach and intestines on the basis of the need for medical examination (eg barium enema, colonoscopy). The criteria for diagnosing someone who is constipated are having 2 of the following symptoms for 3 months: defecating less than 3 times a week, needing to push hard during bowel movements, consistency of hard or granular bowel movements, sensation of incomplete bowel movements, and sensation of obstruction in the rectum and anus.

The use of laxatives that are too frequent, not according to doctor's recommendations and not based on indications can cause you to experience side effects such as diarrhea, electrolyte imbalance, stomach cramps, bloody stools, nausea/vomiting, and irritation of the anus. So, you should first consult about the complaints you have to the doctor so that they can be treated appropriately.

Actually, bowel movements that are not smooth if not based on certain diseases (eg intestinal obstruction) can be overcome without drugs by making healthy lifestyle changes such as:

Consume more water at least 8-10 glasses per day, multiply fibrous foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and adjust your diet. Reduce the habit of eating meat without fibrous food Regular exercise can also help improve digestion, for example jogging/walking in the morning, gymnastics, yoga, pilates, etc. Avoid holding bowel movements Maintain ideal body weight according to body mass index

You can read the related article: constipation prevention

I hope this information is helpful.

Regards, dr. Delvira

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