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  Laxative definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms easily defined on MedTerms
Used to combat constipation (and sometimes overused, producing diarrhea).
Melanosis Coli - Melanosis coli, a condition that can be caused from chronic laxative abuse has no symptoms.
Read details about the different treatments available for constipation including laxatives, dietary fiber, enemas, suppositories, drugs, and surgery.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=6465   (182 words)

  Dr. Koop - Laxative Poisoning- Health Encyclopedia and Reference
Laxative Poisoning occurs from side effects and complications of consuming laxative medications in excessive amounts.
Moreover, the use of a laxative at the onset of constipation could delay treatment for serious underlying problems that are causing the irregularity.
Laxatives, in speeding the feces through the intestines, seem to alter the gastrointestinal tract in a way that may prolong the survival of offending organisms.
www.drkoop.com /encyclopedia/43/60.html   (671 words)

 Search Results for "Laxative"
laxative, drug or other substance used to stimulate the action of the intestines in eliminating waste from the body.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
...The dried bark of the cascara buckthorn, used as a laxative.
www.bartleby.com /cgi-bin/texis/webinator/sitesearch?FILTER=&query=Laxative   (280 words)

  I Believe... Laxatives   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Prolonged use of laxatives, especially stimulant laxatives such as cascara, senna (sennosides) and bisacodyl, intensifies and perpetuates the condition for which they are used.
Although this page focuses on laxative abuse, the dangers of the misuse and abuse of enemas is equally as ineffective as a weight loss aid and carries with it the same dangers as laxative abuse.
Laxatives artificially stimulate the large bowel to empty and this is after the food and calories have been absorbed into the body.
www.members.aol.com /anastickfigure/laxatives.html   (1733 words)

 Herbal Laxative Drug Information
Laxative, bulk-forming and stimulant—Psyllium and Senna; Psyllium Hydrophilic Mucilloid and Senna; Psyllium Hydrophilic Mucilloid and Sennosides
Some laxatives (in particular, the bulk-formers) contain a large amount of sodium or sugars, which may have possible unwanted effects such as increasing blood pressure or causing water to be held in the body.
Although the amount of laxative in the milk is generally thought to be too small to cause problems in the baby, your doctor should be told if you plan to use such laxatives.
www.drugs.com /cons/Herbal_Laxative.html   (3963 words)

 FDA/CFSAN Minutes of the Special Working Group on Stimulant Laxative Substances in Foods of the FDA Food Advisory ...
She noted that the same ingredient may appear in both foods and drugs, and that it is the labeling and intended use which drive a determination of regulatory status.
Use of laxatives was as high as 5-10% (among college women), and daily use within these subpopulations was as high as 1 in 100 (high school students).
Use of laxatives may be hazardous in the presence of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or rectal bleeding.
www.cfsan.fda.gov /~dms/ds-lax1.html   (2711 words)

 Laxative Use In Reptiles
Using a laxative developed for mammals on a reptile, especially an herbivorous lizard, who has a very different digestive system and metabolism, may result in the 'cure' being worse than the condition which prompted the curative.
Humans typically use laxatives because their diets do not include enough fiber and they do not drink enough water during the course of the day.
Laxatives are rarely needed when they are too cold - just getting their temperatures up where they need to be is enough to get the digestive tract functioning again.
www.anapsid.org /laxative.html   (714 words)

 Laxative Abuse - Gurze Books
The best way to lessen the unpleasant effects of laxative withdrawal is to prepare yourself for these effects and to develop an action plan for coping in case the unpleasant side effects do occur.
Laxatives work near the end of the bowel, where they primarily affect absorption of water and electrolytes (like sodium and potassium).
Laxative abuse is defined as (1) use of laxative for weight control, or (2) frequent use of laxatives over an extended period of time.
www.gurze.net /site12_5_00/laxativeabuse.htm   (985 words)

 Laxatives - Different aspects of the same subject [Oct 1994; 8-2]
Another aspect of laxative use in populations is the abuse of laxatives by individuals.
A laxative screen can be conducted on a urine sample using simple thin layer chromatography by any biochemistry laboratory at a cost of about £40.
Glasgow estimated that the cost of performing a laxative screen on all patients presenting with diarrhoea was estimated at £600 for each laxative abuser detected compared with unnecessary expenditure of £2,807 per laxative abuser without screening, an 80% saving per laxative abuser.
www.jr2.ox.ac.uk /bandolier/band8/b8-2.html   (771 words)

 Laxative Summary
A laxative is a preparation used for encouraging defecation, or the expulsion of feces.
Certain stimulant, lubricant, and saline laxatives are used to evacuate the colon for rectal and bowel examinations.
Laxatives are often abused by bulimics or anorexics (nervosa).
www.bookrags.com /Laxative   (1895 words)

 Laxative Poisoning   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Laxatives can be useful and effective medications if taken properly, however, as in all drugs, they have side effects.
Laxatives, in speeding the feces through the intestines, seem to alter the gastrointestinal tract in a way that may prolong the survival of offending organisms.
However, laxatives should never be given to patients with undiagnosed abdominal pain or when there is a possibility of intestinal obstruction or fecal impaction (blockage).
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 ED Info Text Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Laxative abuse is serious and dangerous - often resulting in a variety of health complications and sometimes causing life-threatening risks.
Laxative abuse occurs when a person attempts to get rid of unwanted calories, lose weight, “feel thin”, or “feel empty” through the repeated, frequent misuse of laxatives.
Laxative dependency occurs when the colon stops reacting to usual doses of laxatives so that larger and larger amounts of laxatives may be needed to produce bowel movements.
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org /p.asp?WebPage_ID=286&Profile_ID=96649   (453 words)

 The Truth About Laxative Use
Laxatives irritate the nerve endings of the colon, which stimulate the muscles of the intestine to move material out of the gut.
Laxatives do not stimulate the small intestines where food is digested and absorbed.
Even after consuming thousands of calories and massive amounts of laxatives, the laxative abusers managed to remove only about 100 extra calories from their bodies, the amount found in one small cookie.
health.uri.edu /healthed/laxative.php   (667 words)

 Medicines - Laxatives
Osmotic laxatives work by reducing the amount of water absorbed from the bowel and so increasing the amount of water in your stools.
In general, laxatives should be reserved for people who are at risk of an illness, such as angina, being made worse by straining to pass stools, or for people who have piles (haemorrhoids).
Laxatives should only be used for short periods of time, until your normal bowel movements are re-established.
www.bupa.co.uk /health_information/html/medicine/laxatives.html   (972 words)

 About Laxative Use & Abuse
Laxative Abuse and the laxative habit are terms used to describe the mis-use, and the over-use,
Because of the damage that laxatives can cause, ever increasing dosages of laxatives may be needed in order to achieve the desired effect.
dehydrated, or if the laxative is not taken with adequate fluid intake, the dry fiber laxative can form an impaction, a serious blockage in the colon that results in some 2,000 deaths every year in long term care facilities.
www.fruit-eze.com /education/laxative/habit.html   (1086 words)

 Melanosis coli and laxative abuse information on MedicineNet.com
Melanosis coli is a condition usually associated with chronic laxative use in which dark pigment is deposited in the lamina propria (one of the lining layers) of the large intestine (colon).
The anthranoid laxatives pass through the gastrointestinal tract unabsorbed until they reach the large intestine, where they are changed into their active forms.
Early studies suggested that anthranoid laxatives might have carcinogenic or tumor-promoting activities in humans and that the presence of melanosis coli might signal an increased risk for the development of colorectal cancer.
www.medicinenet.com /melanosis_coli/article.htm   (625 words)

 Managing Constipation With Laxatives, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center   (Site not responding. Last check: )
After all, a laxative is a stimulant medication and physiology studies show that when you take a stimulant, you will need higher and higher amounts to keep the stimulant working.
Answer: A sigmoid resection is indicated to reduce the amount of laxatives and sometimes to eliminate laxative use, but it is only recommended in patients who have demonstrated bowel control.
A sigmoid resection is indicated to reduce the amount of laxatives and sometimes to eliminate the use of laxatives, but is only recommended in patients who have demonstrated bowel control.
www.cincinnatichildrens.org /svc/alpha/c/colorectal/faq/laxatives.htm   (992 words)

 Over the counter laxatives: Use them with caution - MayoClinic.com
Laxatives are substances taken orally or rectally to relieve and prevent constipation.
Laxative use can be dangerous if constipation is caused by a serious condition such as appendicitis or a bowel obstruction.
Although laxatives are usually safe to use during breast-feeding, some ingredients may pass into breast milk and cause diarrhea in infants.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/laxatives/HQ00088   (636 words)

 Laxative Poisoning - Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
Laxative Poisoning occurs from side effects and complications of consuming laxative medications in excessive amounts.
Moreover, the use of a laxative at the onset of constipation could delay treatment for serious underlying problems that are causing the irregularity.
Laxatives are intended for temporary use on a selective basis by patients with simple constipation.
www.healthscout.com /ency/1/60/main.html   (605 words)

 Price promotions and positioning key to laxative sales Drug Store News - Find Articles
Laxative department sales in chain drug stores for the 12-month period ended July 1989 showed a 1-percent decrease compared with the previous 12 months.
Since the majority of laxative users are generally senior citizens, often on a fixed income, price and promotion of laxative products become retailers' key marketing issues; this must be accounted for when merchandising this department.
Laxatives are normally included with, or near, other "internal" medications such as antacids and andidiarrheals.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m3374/is_n18_v11/ai_7982663   (543 words)

 Laxative Abuse -- eCureMe.com
Laxatives are remedies taken when one is constipated and having problems moving his or her bowels (defecating).
Repeated, excessive laxative use causes the bowels to relax and get lazy; thereby weakening the musculature of the gut, and causing the bowels to be unable to move the bulky stool they carry, resulting in
Normally, laxative use should not be daily, and they should not be used routinely for more than two weeks, unless monitored by a physician.
www.ecureme.com /emyhealth/data/Laxative_Abuse.asp   (336 words)

 Laxative case - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
The corporate production and marketing of laxatives has sparked a debate over attractive naming and marketing against proper grammatical usage, as the majority of brand-name laxatives are not used with the proper declension.
The laxative case marks a noun as acting as a laxative in the sentence.
German The grammar of the German Laxative case is very similar to the grammar in English, though misunderstandings often arise from cultural differences related to the procurement and use of laxatives, making delicate use and comprehensive understanding of the case a necessity for the diarrheal tourist or student.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Laxative_case   (323 words)

 ACS :: Laxatives Not Linked To Colorectal Cancer
Long-term use of laxatives that contain anthranoids is known to cause the colon wall to darken (a condition known as melanosis coli).
Constipation and laxative use rates were about the same between the colon cancer and DD patients, indicating that a link between them and cancer is unlikely, according to the researchers.
The rates were higher than in the healthy group, but this would be expected, as the patients with colon cancer or DD likely had other risk factors for constipation, such as low dietary fiber and vegetable intake, the authors said.
www.cancer.org /docroot/nws/content/nws_3_1x_laxatives_not_linked_to_colorectal_cancer.asp   (721 words)

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Many laxatives act by irritating the lining of the intestines or by directly stimulating nerves.
To make a long story short, from that point on I started taking different types of laxatives and kept upping the dose until the point were the particular type of laxative I was taking at the moment stopped working.
By this time I had been on the laxative pills for 3 years and the situation had grown into something so completely out of control that it was impossible for me to deal with it.
www.raderprograms.com /laxatives.aspx   (704 words)

 Drugs and Treatments - Laxative Rect - Patient Handout from WebMD
However, milder products (e.g., laxatives taken by mouth) should be used whenever possible for constipation.
Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative that works by increasing the amount of fluid/salts in the intestines.
Laxatives should be used only temporarily if needed for constipation.
www.webmd.com /drugs/drug-56030-Laxative+Rect.aspx?drugid=56030&drugname=Laxative+Rect   (1029 words)

 BBC NEWS | Health | Slimmers warned over laxative use
Young women are being warned not to put their lives at risk by taking laxatives in a bid to lose weight.
Experts agreed laxative abuse was rife, with many slimmers unaware of the dangers, including heart failure and kidney and bowel problems.
It is thought women are largely unaware of the risks because laxatives are widely available at chemists and supermarkets.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/6212758.stm   (411 words)

 Laxative Medications (Lung Transplant)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Laxatives are to be used only to provide short-term relief of constipation, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
The use of magnesium-containing laxatives may reduce the effects of some of these medicines.
Do not take any laxative within 2 hours of taking other medications as you may reduce the desired effect of the other medication.
www.clevelandclinic.org /health/health-info/docs/1000/1087.asp?index=5653   (535 words)

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