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Frequency used laxatives, past 3 months

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For sample persons under age 18 who took laxatives in the past 2 weeks (MLAX2W), MLAX2WFREQ reports the frequency the person took or used the medication during the past 3 months. MLAX2WFREQ 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
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of laxatives (MLAX2WDREC)

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