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Got laxatives via prescription

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For sample persons under age 18 who took laxatives in the past 2 weeks (MLAX2W), MLAX2WRX reports if the person got a prescription from a doctor for them to take or use the medication. MLAX2WRX 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 collected:

  • The main health problem the respondent used the laxative for (MLAX2WPROB),
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of a laxative (MLAX2WDREC), and
  • How often the respondent used the laxative 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