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    Old 12-20-2005, 04:59 PM   #1
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    laxative abuse ...again

    I am currently suffering from laxative abuse and I can't get off them no matter what I do. I know my health is in severe trouble but it doesn't stop me from taking them. My weight is 100 pounds and I'm five foot four so that isn't a problem, but I still think like an anorexic and I need help getting off the laxatives ...any ideas...stories help! Thanks so much

     
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    Old 12-20-2005, 05:37 PM   #2
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    Re: laxative abuse ...again

    Are you in treatment? I think you are going to need inpatient to get off the laxatives.
    Here's a story I read: There was a woman who abused laxatives so badly that she had to have half her intestines removed they were so badly damaged.She also now suffers from severe Irritable bowel.
    Your digestive tract will be damaged for life and it will be very hard for you to ever go to the bathroom again without laxatives if you don't stop now.
    100lbs at 5'4'' and using laxatives is in the danger zone.

     
    Old 12-20-2005, 06:33 PM   #3
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    I want to get off them myself but I can't go to the bathroom at all..has anyone been able to do it?

     
    Old 12-21-2005, 12:44 PM   #4
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    You can't do it yourself, sweetie. You need MEDICAL HELP. You will NOT be able to go to the bathroom by without the laxativs for quite some time after stopping them, and a medical professional needs to monitor your health and decide if and when to admister a safe controlled laxative to help you "go".

     
    Old 12-22-2005, 04:13 AM   #5
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    Re: laxative abuse ...again

    You could try stool softeners (docusate, brand name Colace in the US), and fiber pills (metamucil, etc.) But these may have no effect if you have been on laxatives for a long time. You could also try weaning yourself from the stimulant-type laxatives (ex-lax, senekot, etc) to an osmotic-type laxative like milk of magnesia. The osmotic laxatives do not make your bowel dependent on them as do the stimulant laxatives. However, they MIGHT screw up your electrolytes if things are already out of whack due to an eating disorder and long term laxative abuse. SO, I wouldn't look at it as a long-term solution, but rather a weaning step. Then you could go from the milk of magnesia to just the Colace and fiber pills. ALso, drink HOT beverages, esp. coffee, if you don't already (these sometimes stimulate the bowel.) And use a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen, which can also stimulate the bowel.

    Also, large doses of vitamin C act as an osmotic laxative, and are safe. So you could try something like 15000 - 20000 mg of vitamin C as a single daily dose.

    There are prescription laxatives like lactulose and miralax which are generally safe to take long-term, so you should discuss those with your doctor if you have permanently screwed up your bowel function.

     
    Old 12-22-2005, 10:53 AM   #6
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    You could try stool softeners (docusate, brand name Colace in the US), and fiber pills (metamucil, etc.) But these may have no effect if you have been on laxatives for a long time. You could also try weaning yourself from the stimulant-type laxatives (ex-lax, senekot, etc) to an osmotic-type laxative like milk of magnesia. The osmotic laxatives do not make your bowel dependent on them as do the stimulant laxatives. However, they MIGHT screw up your electrolytes if things are already out of whack due to an eating disorder and long term laxative abuse. SO, I wouldn't look at it as a long-term solution, but rather a weaning step. Then you could go from the milk of magnesia to just the Colace and fiber pills. ALso, drink HOT beverages, esp. coffee, if you don't already (these sometimes stimulate the bowel.) And use a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen, which can also stimulate the bowel.

    Also, large doses of vitamin C act as an osmotic laxative, and are safe. So you could try something like 15000 - 20000 mg of vitamin C as a single daily dose.

    There are prescription laxatives like lactulose and miralax which are generally safe to take long-term, so you should discuss those with your doctor if you have permanently screwed up your bowel function.
    You definitely need to cosult with a doctor. I wouldn't try any more types of laxatives at all without talking to a doctor. If is likely you will abuse these "safe" laxatives in time, too, if you don't get treatment. And the treatment isn't just for the laxatives but for the underlying emotional issues, which is why I think you need in patient treatment.

     
    Old 12-22-2005, 11:54 AM   #7
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    Re: laxative abuse ...again

    Thanks for all the suggestions I have consulted a docter about this and was told to ween using colace and lactilose ...which I tried but they made me sick. I then was told to keep at it and suffer through it ...which is what I'm doing now in agony...but there has to be another way...it's been months and months and I can barely function.

     
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    Can you do in-patient? Will you insurance cover it? What kind of doctor did you consult with? And ED specialist? That is the route to go.
    How many laxatives a day are you using and what kind? Do you take them so that you get diarrhea everyday?

     
    Old 12-22-2005, 03:59 PM   #9
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    The doctor is an ED specialist yes...no I don't have insurance to cover in patient. I take 25 to 35 stimulant laxitives a day!!!!

     
    Old 12-23-2005, 04:37 AM   #10
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    Re: laxative abuse ...again

    When you take that amount of laxatives, do you have diarrhea, normal BMs, or nothing?

    In what way did colace & lactulose make you sick?

     
    Old 12-23-2005, 03:41 PM   #11
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    I do get diahrea yes ...colace and lactalose make me throw up...I know I am fighting a losing battle right now!

     
    Old 12-24-2005, 04:39 AM   #12
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    Re: laxative abuse ...again

    Hi again... I don't think it's a losing battle. It is possible for your bowel to "wake up" again. The same thing happens to people after they have surgery on or near the bowel... the bowel gets paralyzed and doesn't work on its own for a while, but it is temporary. ANyway, I would try the vitamin C, and also take magnesium oxide supplements (check the ingredients and make sure it is oxide and not another form of magnesium. This is less absorbable than other forms, so it stays in the bowel and helps draw water in and get things moving.) I have bowel motility issues so severe that I developed an impaction or partial obstruction (not from laxative abuse... no one knows what it's from.) Lactulose and colace never did a thing even at high doses, but the magnesium oxide works. So, no big loss if you can't tolerate lactulose and colace, they probably wouldn't help anyway. Also, maybe start with a low-fiber or liquid diet for a few days and then gradually add in more and more fiber. Good luck.

     
    Old 12-24-2005, 12:50 PM   #13
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    Re: laxative abuse ...again

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    Are you underweight also? (You don't have to post your weight, it is triggering for some people). You should qualify for in patient treatment.Even people who are not "underweight" with serious ED's and laxative abuse disorders should qualify for inpatient. It doesn't have to be long term, just long enough for someone to monitor your condition and get your bowels working again. You need to consult and ED Clinic/Specialist, and have and been to a gastroenterologist?
    Are you anorexic/bulimic?

    Also, check out the book "The Monster Within: Facing an Eating Disoder" by Cynthia Rowland McClure (the have it on ******). It is all about a woman's struggle with bulimia and a serious laxative addiction.

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    Old 12-27-2005, 04:00 PM   #14
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    Re: laxative abuse ...again

    I don't know if I'm underweight...I'm five foot four and about a hundred pounds...I don't have the money for inpatient treatment...I have been to a gastoenterologist last year but not recently on the wait list to get back in. I'm not bulimic but do tend to restrict my food intake...I tried to get that book but can't find it at any book stores in my area and I don't buy online so I will just have to wait until one carries it..but I definitley want to read it!!!

     
    Old 12-27-2005, 07:25 PM   #15
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    Yes, I don't think it is carried in stores, it is pretty old.. I buy online a lot though and ****** is totally safe, they are a huge company and protect your info

     
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