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Doctor recommended use of laxatives

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For sample persons under age 18 who took laxatives in the past 2 weeks (MLAX2W), MLAX2WDREC reports if a doctor recommended the person take or use the medication. Those who answered "yes " to MLAX2WRX have been recoded to 3 "Doctor prescribed" in MLAX2WDREC. MLAX2WDREC is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement.

Related Variables about Laxative Use 

For those who respond "yes" to MLAX2W, the following information is also collected:

  • The main health problem the respondent used the laxatives for (MLAX2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the laxatives via prescription (MLAX2WRX), and
  • How often the respondent used the laxatives in the past 3 months (MLAX2WFREQ)

For a complete list of the medicines asked about in the Medicine Use section, please see MALL2W.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who used laxatives in past two weeks (MLAX2W).


  • 1981