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24 Nov 2011

Please i would like to know. When does laxative (Laxa-dor) abuse become dangerous? What can i do to stop?
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Eating Disorders Expert
eating Disorders Expert

01 Jan 0001

Hello DarkAngel,
It seems that another reader has already given you some advice, and good advice at that. You should never be taking laxatives for the purpose of losing weight. In fact, I do not condone the use of any medication or substance for the purpose of losing weight, as we ultimately need to be able to listen to our appetite and practice moderate and healthy eating habits. Laxative should, in my opinion, only be prescribed by knowledgeable medical professionals, as most laxative use is unnecessary. Furthermore, laxative abuse is extremely dangerous. Your body becomes dehydrated and depleted of essential minerals (sodium and potassium), which are the "battery fluid" that keep the pump of the heart working. Excessive laxative abuse can cause a heart attack. I suggest you consult a registered dietician for guidance. If you have an eating disorder, then some therapy might also be helpful.
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