Constipation Made Husband Draggy (Nov, 1936)

Just out of curiosity, what would be an example of a laxative that is habit forming?

Constipation Made Husband Draggy

HE just didn’t feel like work or play. Always draggy and worn out—often cross and irritable. But like so many women, his wife knew about Nature’s Remedy (NR Tablets). She put him wise. He found out what an astonishing difference there was in this purely vegetable laxative. Not merely partial relief. Instead thorough, cleansing action that aided in ridding his system of poisonous waste, refreshed him, made him feel like a “million.” Try NR Tablets yourself. Note how gentle they are and non-habit forming. 25 tablets —25 cents at any


  1. Blurgle says: August 22, 20079:11 am

    Phenolphthalein. It doesn’t cause a physical addiction like a morphine addiction, but it can cause rebound constipation – which prompts the user to take a higher dose and become dependent on it for regular movements.

  2. Charlie says: August 22, 20079:19 am

    Thanks for the info.

  3. Stannous says: August 22, 200710:12 am

    Her husband was feeling ‘draggy’?

    Just hide his high heels and make-up until it passes.

    Thanks, folks. I’ll be here til Friday.
    Be sure to try the veal and tip your waiters.

  4. fluffy says: August 22, 200711:17 am

    Also: heroin. (Haven’t you ever seen Trainspotting?)

  5. Charlie says: August 22, 200711:35 am

    I thought that heroin makes you constipated. It’s only when you STOP taking it that you have to go to the bathroom.

  6. Blurgle says: August 22, 200712:42 pm

    Heroin indeed makes you constipated, as do all opiates. This is sometimes quite handy, since (at least here) Tylenol No. 1 is OTC and very cheap compared to Metamucil.

  7. Firebrand38 says: August 22, 20073:31 pm

    Sorry to break it to you Blurgle, but the active ingredients in Nature’s Remedy (NR, get it?) were Cascara Sagrada and Aloe. This specific formulation was banned for OTC laxatives by the FDA in 1992.…………

    If you don’t know, don’t guess…

  8. Blurgle says: August 23, 20073:49 pm

    Firebrand, please read what I wrote. Phenolphthalein was the habit-forming ingredient NR **DID NOT** contain, which is why they could advertise that NR wasn’t habit-forming.

    There’s no harm in misunderstanding what someone writes, but it’s awfully rude to arrogantly tell someone “if you don’t know, don’t guess”. I wasn’t guessing; I knew. You simply didn’t understand what I wrote and jumped to the assumption that I must be stupid.

  9. Githyanki says: August 24, 20073:57 am

    The ad seems to encourage wive to sneak laxatives to their husbands.

  10. Firebrand38 says: August 24, 20075:13 am

    The problem is I did read what you wrote. Did you? Let’s review shall we… I saw one word, Phenolphthalein. Followed by possible side effects. Sorry my psychic abilities failed me about then and I missed the whole thing about how you were actually referring to an ingredient that it didn’t contain.

  11. Charlie says: August 24, 20078:01 am

    FB: The text of my post was a question: “Just out of curiosity, what would be an example of a laxative that is habit forming?”

    Since Blurgle’s comment was the name of a laxative followed by the reasons it is habit forming I assumed she was just answering my question. I suppose she could have said “Charlie, the answer to your question is:”, but I understood what she meant.

  12. Firebrand38 says: August 24, 20079:35 am

    Yes it’s all clear to me now. Blurgle was answering your question (which I hadn’t noticed). I’ll try to use my powers for good rather than evil from now on.

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