Are these over-the-counter drugs the 'budget Ozempic'? Doctors warn about weight-loss trend

Doctors are warning against using laxatives for weight loss, as some people believe they can be a substitute for prescription drugs. The demand for over-the-counter laxatives has increased due to factors such as an aging population and sedentary lifestyles. Experts emphasize that laxatives are not intended for weight loss and can be dangerous if abused. Laxatives may cause temporary weight loss by expelling stool and fluids, but this is not a sustainable or healthy method of losing weight. Excessive use of laxatives can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, malnourishment, and dependence on the product. The key to regularity lies in maintaining a balanced diet with fiber, exercise, and hydration.

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