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Health Tip: Laxatives Have Side Effects

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Laxatives can have unpleasant side effects, especially when overused. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible problems associated with laxative use include: Abdominal cramps or nausea. Gas, diarrhea or bloating. Electrolyte imbalance, which can affect the muscles, nerves and organs. Those most at risk include children and people with kidney disease or diabetes. Muscle weakness or muscle spasms. Fatigue, confusion, headache or vomiting. Read more

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Laxative Type Might Influence Colon Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Posted 8 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 – A new study suggests that the type of laxative a person takes might be a factor in their odds for colon cancer. The research indicates that fiber-based laxatives are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, while non-fiber laxatives are linked with a higher risk. The study could only show an association between laxative types and colon cancer risk, it could not prove cause-and-effect, and experts stress that more study is needed. Still, the researchers believe the findings are important because about 20 percent of Americans use laxatives. According to a team led by Jessica Citronberg, a predoctoral fellow at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, non-fiber laxatives are the most widely used in the United States and work by forcing the colon to contract. On the other hand, fiber-based laxatives boost the water content and bulk of the stool ... Read more

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Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 – Newly released guidelines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and a type of constipation known as chronic idiopathic constipation reveal a number of proven treatments for these two common conditions. "There's a greater variety of approaches which reflect a greater understanding of the disorders," said guidelines co-author Dr. Eamonn Quigley, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital. "We now have a better opportunity to improve the lives of our patients," Quigley said. The guidelines are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. An estimated 5 percent to 15 percent of the world's population has irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, cramping and bloating, and gas. It can affect people at any age but is ... Read more

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Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 28 – Some treatments are more effective than others for relieving constipation in seniors, according to a new review. And laxatives aren't always enough, researchers say. Constipation is common in seniors and can have serious health consequences and affect quality of life. Excessive straining in frail elderly people can cause them to faint and put them at risk of injury or falling, or restrict blood flow to the heart and brain. Chronic constipation can lead to fecal impaction, a large lump of hard stool that remains stuck in the rectum. Fecal impaction can cause nausea, pain and loss of appetite. "Given the growing proportion of older adults in North America, effective management of constipation by health care professionals will be increasingly necessary," Dr. Dov Gandell, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and colleagues wrote in an article appearing Jan. 28 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take Laxatives as Directed

Posted 17 May 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Laxatives are medications usually purchased over-the-counter to help treat constipation. The American Academy of Family Physicians says side effects are rare if laxatives are taken as their labels direct, but sometimes they can trigger: Diarrhea. Nausea. Cramps. Gas. Bloating. Read more

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Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 28 – People with the chronic condition known as irritable bowel syndrome may find relief by consuming soluble fiber (psyllium). But they'll get no relief – and perhaps more bowel upset – from bran, a new Dutch study found. IBS, which involves chronic abdominal discomfort and irregular bowel habits, affects about one in 10 Americans. Some experts have advised increased intake of dietary fiber, but data on the effectiveness of this approach has been limited. In the study, published online Aug. 28 in BMJ, a team at the University Medical Center Utrecht had 275 adult patients with IBS consume either 10 grams of psyllium (soluble fiber), bran (insoluble fiber) or a placebo twice daily for three months. They then checked patient symptoms at one, two and three months, including abdominal pain and quality of life. The researchers found psyllium to be most effective in treating ... Read more

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