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How long til Hall's "laxative" effect wears off?

Asked by flash74686 (478points) March 22nd, 2010

Normally when I have a sore throat, I use the Ricola cough drops and eat them as if they’re candy-as soon as I finish one, I start another-that’s how bad my throat gets.

This morning, we were all out of Ricola, but we had a spare bag of the sugar-free Hall’s Fruit Breezers lying around. I didn’t bother looking at the bag (stupid me), and ate them the same way I eat Ricola. It wasn’t ‘til (approx) 13 drops later (around mid afternoon) that I learned the side effects the hard way. . . And then when I checked the bag, there it was. “Excessive dosage could cause a laxative effect.” And it still hasn’t stopped.

Now, all I want to know is how long will it take for it to wear off? I really ought to go to school tomorrow, but if I’ll still be running to the bathroom every five minutes, I’d rather stay home than face the disgusting high school bathrooms.

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FutureMemory's avatar

A lot of sugar free candies have that warning now. From my experience it shouldn’t last more than a day, usually much less. Unless you’re still feeling the effects tomorrow morning I’d plan on going to school.

lillycoyote's avatar

Yeah, that happened to me once. I ate a whole bag of some sort of sugar free candy. Boy was that a mistake! Damn baby laxatives. Never again. Sorry, but I don’t remember how long it took to wear off. This too shall pass, though :), as they say. Can you take an Immodium or something, to counteract it? But then you’ll probably be constipated. Or eat a few slices of Wonderbread, it’s very binding.

Mariah's avatar

Most sugar free foods include as their first ingredient a sugar replacement called sorbitol which is a weak laxative in high doses… even sugar free gum can have that effect on you! That said, I don’t know for sure how long it’ll last, sorry, but I don’t imagine it’ll continue into tomorrow.

davidbetterman's avatar

Take the rest of the week off….

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Drinking plenty of fluids should help you stay hydrated and help the problem pass. I don’t know how long it will last for you. Sorry!

PandoraBoxx's avatar

The culprit is sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol, with the later being the most mild. As few as 4 pieces of sugar-free gum can set some people off, if you’re prone to intestinal discomfort. The sweeteners draw water from your body into your large intestine. Avoid sugar-free products, and try the BRAT diet—bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. It should pass within 48 hours.

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