And around 1817, Randel, who seemed to be having liver trouble, received large doses of mercury as a laxative.
Bruni candidly writes of his weight struggles, which included bulimia, laxative abuse, and junk-food binges.
late 14c., from Old French laxatif (13c.), from Medieval Latin laxativus "loosening," from Latin laxatus, past participle of laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose, lax" (see lax). The noun meaning "a laxative medicine" is from late 14c.
laxative lax·a·tive (lāk'sə-tĭv)
A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels. adj.
Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.