The Saudi Food and Drug Authority published important information about laxatives on its official account on the social networking site Twitter.

The authority indicated that these medicines work to help you get rid of a problem.

On the other hand, the authority confirmed the following information related to taking laxatives:

  • Taking laxatives interferes with the absorption of some medicines and foods
  • Prolonged use of laxatives can lead to an imbalance of minerals and body functions in general.
  • It is important to pay attention to the conditions in which these drugs are used, as this can be dangerous in the event of infection or appendicitis.
  • If you are taking any of the heart medications, you must make sure that the laxatives do not interact with them.
  • If you are breastfeeding, you should beware of taking laxatives, as some of them can pass to the baby through the milk and cause diarrhea.
  • If you use laxatives for a long period of time, it may affect and weaken the contractions of the colon.
  • Laxatives should not be given to the child at all unless advised by the doctor.
  • Do not take laxatives if you are pregnant before consulting your doctor.
  • It is necessary to consult a doctor before taking laxatives if you are diabetic, or have a heart condition.