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Some Laxatives Prove Deadly

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  • The FDA issued a warning about the use of saline laxatives after 13 deaths, and 54 reports of adverse events, were reported following their use
  • Saline laxatives that contain the active ingredient sodium phosphate may lead to dehydration, abnormal levels of electrolytes, kidney and heart problems, and death
  • Most overdoses occurred by taking a single dose that was higher than recommended or taking more than one dose in one day
  • Stimulant laxatives may decrease your colon's ability to contract, leading to dependence over time
  • Constipation can usually be treated and prevented naturally by increasing fiber from vegetables in your diet and making other lifestyle changes

By Dr. Mercola

Americans spend more than $700 million a year on over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives to treat constipation.


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