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Popular OTC Laxatives Deadly When Misused: FDA


1/9/2014 8:27:24 AM

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Certain over-the-counter laxatives used to treat constipation can be dangerous when taken too often, in the wrong dose or by people with various health conditions, the Food and Drug Administration is warning. The FDA issued the new warning Wednesday after reviewing reports of 54 illnesses and 13 deaths in people who used oral laxatives or enemas containing sodium phosphate. The products are marketed under the brand name Fleet, as store brands and as generics, FDA says.

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