Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as osmotic laxative use — that affect you. Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.
Osmotic Laxatives. Do you use oral laxatives that work by drawing water into your colon? Examples include Epsom salts, Milk of Magnesia, GoLYTELY and CoLyte.
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Frequent use (1 to 4 times per week) or less
→ Approximately daily
→ More than once daily
Oral osmotic laxatives often contain magnesium which reduces calcium absorption. The long-term use of such products may result in a calcium deficiency.
Very large doses of laxatives have been associated with magnesium toxicity, even with normal kidney function.