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Use Laxatives Carefully

They're intended only for short-term use

(HealthDay) -- There aren't many things more frustrating than constipation. But the cure can cause problems, too.

The Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., says taking too many laxatives can lead to many problems, including asthma, dizziness, rashes, dehydration, nausea and an irregular heartbeat.

The center says all types of laxatives, from mineral oils to milk of magnesia, can cause problems if you take too many of them. It says laxatives are intended only for short-term use. If they don't resolve your problem quickly, you should see a doctor.

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