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Posted by: Scared | 2009/03/24

Laxative Abuse

I' ve been abusing laxatives for the past 2 years. I' ve been taking as many as 30 a day. I know this is very dangerous and I would like to stop, but I' m scared that I will become severely constipated. Is there any advice you can give me with regards to what I can do until my bowel starts working by itself again?

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Dear Scared
Good for you to decide to stop abusing laxatives! You can use Duphalac or Movicol with safety to keep your stool soft. Also eat a diet high in fibre and fruit and drink enough water ( 8 glasses per day). Beetroot is also a good natural stool softener.
Dr Bets

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