Why should older adults avoid taking stimulant laxatives?

Lisa Ganjhu, DO

If you’re feeling constipated, a laxative seems logical, but seniors should think twice. In this video, gastroenterologist Dr. Lisa Ganhju explains why older people should steer clear of laxatives.

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