Using laxatives properly Using laxatives properly

Using laxatives properly

Current living 22 February, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


Laxatives are used to reduce the discomfort caused by constipation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to avoiding them “unless the stress on the body requires hospitalization.”

First it is important to understand that bowel movements can vary constantly. Just because they are not regular does not mean that constipation is a health problem.

The lack of information on this topic has led many patients to misuse laxatives. This can lead to new conditions that affect the intestine and even to cases of laxative overdose, especially among those who use them with the intention to lose weight.

What should they be used for?

According to the WHO, they are useful for getting rid of parasites as well as cleaning out the digestive tract before undergoing surgery.

If your family doctor has prescribed you a laxative medication, to avoid complications, follow the recommendations offered by the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  •        Take laxatives at night before going to bed
  •        Drink plenty of water when taking them in pill form
  •        If they come in a liquid form, dissolve them in 4 ounces of milk or fruit juice

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