FDA warns consumers of laxative use leading to possible death

By Amanda Stewart,

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning for those taking laxatives. The number of recent deaths due to the ingestion of laxatives has been rising and the FDA urges consumers to seek proper medical supervision when taking them.

The Utah People’s Post reported that the FDA updated its website to warn people of the dangers of laxatives.

“These products are potentially dangerous if dosing instructions or warnings on the Drug Facts label are not properly followed or when there are certain coexisting health conditions,” says the website.

According to Health Newsline the FDA has said that if the dosing directions are not followed and the warnings are ignored, taking a laxative could be life threatening.

Fifty-four cases of serious side effects, along with 13 deaths, were recently reported due to the use of laxatives. The FDA is urging those who take laxatives, such as Fleet, to consult their physicians before they try the product.

Those who are 55 and older and have other preexisting conditions or children with colon problems should be sure to consult their doctor before the use of laxatives.

“The bottom line is that these products are safe for otherwise healthy adults and older children for whom dosing instructions are provided on the drug facts label as long as they follow these dosing instructions and don’t take the product more often, or in greater amounts, than the label instructs,” Mona Khurana, M.D., a medical officer in FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Regulation, said.

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