Precautions While Using This Medicine
Do not take any type of laxative
if you have signs of appendicitis or inflamed
(such as stomach or lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating,
soreness, nausea, or vomiting). Instead, check with your doctor as soon as
for more than 1 week
unless your doctor
has prescribed or ordered a special schedule for you. This is true even when
you have had no results from the laxative.
within 2 hours of taking other medicine
because the desired effect of the other medicine may be reduced.
if you do not need it
, as for the common
cold, ''to clean out your system'" or as a ''tonic to make you feel better.''
if you miss a bowel movement for a day or two
if you develop a skin rash
a laxative or if you had a rash the last time you took it. Instead, check
with your doctor.
If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits or function
that lasts longer than 2 weeks
, or that keeps returning off and on,
check with your doctor before using a laxative. This will allow the cause
of your problem to be determined before it may become more serious.
The ''laxative habit'' - Laxative products are overused by many people.
Such a practice often leads to dependence on the laxative action to produce
a bowel movement. In severe cases, overuse of some laxatives has caused damage
to the nerves, muscles, and tissues of the intestines and bowel. If you have
any questions about the use of laxatives, check with your health care professional.
Many laxatives often contain large amounts of sugars, carbohydrates, and
sodium. If you are on a low-sugar, low-caloric, or low-sodium diet, check
with your health care professional before using a laxative.
For patients taking laxatives containing mineral oil
Mineral oil should not be taken often or for long periods of time
gradual build-up in body tissues may create additional problems.
the use of mineral oil may interfere with the body's ability to absorb
certain food nutrients and vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Large doses of mineral oil may cause some leakage from the rectum.
The use of absorbent pads or a decrease in dose may be necessary to prevent
the soiling of clothing.
Do not take mineral oil within 2 hours of a stool softener (emollient
laxative). The stool softener may increase the amount of mineral oil absorbed.
For patients taking laxatives containing a stimulant
Stimulant laxatives are most often associated with:
overuse and the laxative habit.
intestinal cramping after dosing (especially if taken on an empty