Laxative Abuse Overview
What is laxative abuse?
A person with laxative abuse overuses laxatives, in order to lose weight or treat constipation. Chronic constipation and bulimia increase the risk for laxative abuse.
What are the symptoms of laxative abuse?
Symptoms of laxative abuse include diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
How does the doctor treat laxative abuse?
Treatment for laxative abuse includes stopping the use of laxatives. Additional treatment for constipation may include increasing the amount of liquids in the diet, a high fiber diet, and other treatment for constipation instead of laxatives.
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