Laxative/Enema Overuse

Laxative/Enema Overuse: Overview

It is possible to become too dependent upon laxatives in order to achieve bowel movements; the bowels relax with repeated use of laxatives and constipation worsens.

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Complications

Some types of laxatives cause a staining of the bowel walls and some doctors believe overuse of these types can lead to colon cancer.  There can be problems with heart rhythm due to loss of fluids and electrolytes in very severe cases (where someone is taking laxatives multiple times each day), and severe weight loss can occur as well.  Regular use of some laxatives (Correctol, Ex-Lax, Feen-a-Mint) may interfere with your body's absorption of vitamin D and calcium; this can weaken the bones.

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Laxative/Enema Overuse can lead to:

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Potassium Need

Potassium loss can occur in cases of laxative or enema overuse.

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