What do I need to know about over-the-counter laxatives?
Laxatives to treat constipation can be dangerous if you don’t follow the directions exactly. In this video, Robin Miller, MD, shares natural ways to get things moving without medication.
These laxatives treat constipation by drawing water into the intestines, softening the stool. And unless you follow the directions to the letter,
these medications can cause dangerous dehydration and even kidney damage. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Hi. I'm Dr. Miller, here with an important health tip if you suffer from constipation. The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning
about common over-the-counter saline laxatives containing sodium phosphate. These laxatives treat constipation
by drawing water into the intestines, softening the stool. And unless you follow the directions to the letter, these medications can cause dangerous dehydration and even
kidney damage. If you're prone to constipation, try these tips to get things moving. Plenty of water. Dehydration is a common cause of constipation.
Eat plenty of fiber. Aim for 25 grams a day if you're a woman, 38 grams if you're a man.
That means eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Keep moving. Physical activity helps prevent constipation.
If you spend a lot of time sitting, get up, and take exercise breaks. If you do use an over-the-counter laxative, follow the directions, and don't take more
than the recommended dose. And if you have kidney or heart disease, check with your doctor first. I'm Dr. Miller.
For more ways to stay healthy, watch all our smart tips. [AUDIO LOGO]
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