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I Done It Myself 4 Weeks Ago And The Worst Symptom For Me Is Water Retention Which Apparently Is Common But Honestly 4 Weeks On My Bowels Are Not Back To Normal Totally Yet But It Is Definatley Better Than The Washed Out Tired Feeling And Pains I Used To Get In My Stomach Try And Do It I Know You Can !!!!!!!!!!11
Thanks for the motivation and advice. Did you just stop taking laxatives? Are you taking anything else to help with water retention. How many did you take I'm up a lot! Any help is appreciated.
Hello Static,

I'm also a laxative abuser, I been taking eight ducolax tabs a day for more than 3 years, just recently I started to wean them off because of the horror stories I hear about laxatives, the cost of the laxatives and its embarrasing the way that my stomach gurgles through out the day. I'm doing it very slow, I started to take seven a day instead of eight, I've done this for a month and this week I started taking six a day, so far its been okay, I just go to bathroom sometimes twice a day, I'm also taking a diuretic (40mg of lasix) to help me with the water retention, I know the worst is yet to come but maybe since I'm doing it slowly it won't be so bad.

My advice is not to do it cold turkey, I did that once and not only was the bloating unbearable but I also developed a huge hemorroid which I had to have surgically removed.

Good Luck, keep me posted on your progress and if you learn of any good tips along the way.:)

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