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Health Tip: Laxatives Have Side Effects

Take them only as directed

(HealthDay News) -- Laxatives can have unpleasant side effects, especially when overused.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible problems associated with laxative use include:

  • Abdominal cramps or nausea.
  • Gas, diarrhea or bloating.
  • Electrolyte imbalance, which can affect the muscles, nerves and organs. Those most at risk include children and people with kidney disease or diabetes.
  • Muscle weakness or muscle spasms.
  • Fatigue, confusion, headache or vomiting.

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