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Used laxatives in past 2 weeks

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For sample persons under age 18, MLAX2W reports if the person took or used any laxatives or any other medicines or remedies for the stomach (such as Ex-Lax, Rolaids, Colace, or Donnatal and the like) during the past 2 weeks.

MLAX2W is part of the 1981 Child Health Supplement. For more information and related variables about child medication intake, please see MALL2W.

Related Variables about Laxative Use 

  • The main health problem the respondent used the laxative for (MLAX2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the laxative via prescription (MLAX2WRX),
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of the laxative (MLAX2WDREC), and
  • How often the respondent used the laxative in the past 3 months (MLAX2WFREQ)


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1981