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How should you take laxatives for constipation?

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If your doctor recommends laxatives, ask what type is best for you, and for how long you should take them. Laxatives are best taken short-term only, because you don't want to start relying on them to go to the bathroom. Also ask how to ease off laxatives when you no longer need them. Stopping them too abruptly can affect your colon's ability to contract.

From: Constipation Relief Guide WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. , 9 ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseaseth

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. . Academic Press, 2009. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 9, 2019

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. , 9 ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseaseth

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. . Academic Press, 2009. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 9, 2019

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