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What are the dangers of using laxatives?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Laxatives often are used to “cleanse” or empty the body of food and stool. They tend to cause cramps and diarrhea, with more and more required to achieve the same effect over time. With repeated use, the bowel gets distended, causing further bloating, gas, and cramping. Chronic loss of bowel tone can be frustrating, with a feeling of being “big” persisting or worsening over time.
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