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Should Parents Worry About Laxatives’ Side Effects?

Genexa Genexa 2018-05-08 16:26:00 -0700


If you’re a parent, you’re going to want to read this!

Recently, parents have been making headlines about growing concerns over potential side effects associated with certain over-the-counter laxatives[1]. The issues surrounding these medicines are worth discussing for a bunch of reasons.

Numerous parents have reported seeing significant changes in the behavior of their children, and they believe it is due to the long-term use of a popular laxative. Many of these children started taking the laxative at a very young age, due to very common digestive complications that cause constipation. However, after prolonged use of the medicine, the children reportedly started acting out aggressively and developed odd tics. One parent reported her child started experiencing seizures.

In all of the reported cases, the aggressive behavior practically disappeared after the child stopped taking the medicine. However, at this point the children had already been taking the laxative for several years – meaning they had been suffering from these negative side effects for quite a long time.

While there’s currently no scientific proof that these side effects were directly caused by the medicine, the FDA has allegedly received over 20,000 reports of similar adverse side effects linked to the exact same medicine. This has sparked the FDA to start an official investigation.

Can you see the power that parents have to make a difference?

The biggest takeaway from this situation is the need for more over-the-counter options that are specifically tailored for children with clean and effective ingredients. The parents in these situations were acting on recommendations from their pediatricians, doctors, and pharmacists. But the laxative in question is not meant for children under the age of 17. Moreover, it is also not meant to be taken for longer than seven days in a row!

With these instructions and guidelines so widely available, it begs the question of why children were given such a prolonged course of the laxative in the first place. The parents, acting under the guidance of health professionals, believed the medicine to be safe for long-term use by children. Now, with parents raising so many questions about these potentially dangerous side effects, we’re encouraging everyone to double-check the instructions for OTC medicines to make sure you’re following the best practices for use.

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[1] The information contained in this article came from an investigative news article conducted by NBC4i News Columbus. You can read more about this situation here: Source

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