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What are stimulant laxatives and its side effects?

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These usually have a chemical called senna, which triggers muscles around your intestines to squeeze and move stool through your colon. While they do relieve constipation, you shouldn’t take them on a regular basis. When you take them for a long time, your body can get used to them so that they won’t work for you anymore. You can also get dependent on them, during which you need them to stay regular. You can buy stimulant laxatives at the drugstore, like bisacodyl (Dulcolax) and sennosides (Senokot). Side effects can include diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, and stomach cramping.

From: IBS, Constipation, and Laxatives WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, a gastroenterologist at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. Janine Blackman, MD, PhD, former medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Jonathan Gilbert, who has a diplomate in herbology and acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Web site: "Acupuncture." Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome." WebMD Feature: "Natural Alternatives for IBS." About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS." University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter Web site. Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," and "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."







Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCE: Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, a gastroenterologist at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. Janine Blackman, MD, PhD, former medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Jonathan Gilbert, who has a diplomate in herbology and acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Web site: "Acupuncture." Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome." WebMD Feature: "Natural Alternatives for IBS." About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS." University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter Web site. Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," and "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."







Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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