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Laxatives Delaying Bowel Movements?

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I took a laxative last Friday which worked well in clearing out my system. The only problem is I haven't had a bowel movement since then. I don't feel constipated at all, and have had no urges to go. Could this be because the laxative cleaned me out? Or something more serious?
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replied April 14th, 2011
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.

Overuse of laxatives can have such issues.

You need not worry about it.

Have a proper diet with adequate fiber supplements and you will soon have a normal bowel movement.

In case of any doubt, consult your doctor for advice about proper use of laxatives.

I hope this helps.

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