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Main health problem used laxatives for

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For sample persons under age 18 who took laxatives in the past 2 weeks (MLAX2W), MLAX2WPROB
reports the main health problem for which the person took or used the medication. MLAX2WPROB 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:

  • Whether the respondent obtained the laxatives via prescription (MLAX2WRX),
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of laxatives (MLAX2WDREC), 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