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New Rules About Buying Laxatives Are a ‘Disaster’ for Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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They’re the over-the-counter remedies relied upon by hundreds of thousands of Britons to ease digestive problems, but now new restrictions on laxatives mean many people may struggle with symptoms, and some could end up in hospital as a result.

That’s the warning from a world-leading expert on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) following changes to the rules regarding the sale of laxatives.

Stimulant laxatives can rapidly ease the constipation experienced by an estimated 1.5 million IBS sufferers as their main symptom. This type of IBS is known as IBS-C. 

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