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- The patient may have used laxatives incorrectly and contributed to constipation
- The laxatives may cause a buildup of magnesium in the body, leading to diarrhea
- The patient may have inadvertently damaged his rectal sphincter by using laxatives
- The laxatives may replace increased fiber intake in treatment of constipation
Some adults who struggle with constipation may use laxatives to help promote elimination. Chronic laxative use can actually have the opposite effect and can contribute to constipation by affecting the nerves and muscle tone so the patient is less likely to feel the urge to defecate.
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