Laxatives Can Lead To Kidney Injury, Death, FDA Warns

Law360, New York (January 8, 2014, 5:44 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday that over-the-counter laxatives made by C.B. Fleet Co. Inc. and others can cause serious kidney and heart injuries, or even death, if more than one dose is taken over 24 hours.

The agency has received reports of patients suffering severe dehydration and dangerous changes in electrolyte levels from taking over-the-counter sodium phosphate drugs for constipation, it said. Many of the incidents occurred when a patient took more than one dose of the drug in a single day or...
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