Advanced Colon Max – My Review and Side Effects

By: Rob Miller
Fact Checked On: 4-23-2013

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I have been taking this natural laxative called Colon Max on and off for the past month or so, and wanted to report to you a few of the side effects I have received from it, as well as some of the benefits I have received from it. I actually got some free samples of it from my friend Sam, who is a homeopathic doctor who specializes in, of all things, cleaning out your colon. After a hard weekend of eating like crap and drinking, me and my girlfriend needed something to make us feel less bloated and “cleaned out”. We asked her what would be good to take and she suggested Colon Max.

What is Colon Max?

Colon Max, which is manufactured by a company called Advanced Naturals, is a potent natural laxative formula. It’s intended use is for relief of occasional constipation, and is not meant to be taken on a daily basis.

According to their official packaging, the benefits of taking Colon Max are:

  • Eliminates Waste and Toxins
  • Promotes Normal Healthy Bowel Movements
  • Quality and Purity is Guaranteed

A serving size is 2 capsules, but I can tell you from experience you probably not want to take a full dose your first time around!

My Experience With Colon Max

Having never really taking any colon cleansers (or any laxatives for that matter), I really didn’t know what to expect from it. According to my friend Sam, I would be pooping my brains out the next morning, and I was more than willing to give it a whirl. The first time I took the capsule, I made sure I took it right before bed, and with just a little bit of water.

The next morning I woke up and didn’t immediately notice any difference. This is not uncommon for me, as I generally don’t get that first “bowel movement” until about an hour or so after waking up. I fixed my girlfriend and I a couple of coffee, and settled into the bed to check some emails and get some work done.

And then it hit me….about 1/2 hour after waking up, and about 10 minutes into my first cup of coffee, I could feel the Colon Max taking effect. It wasn’t anything dramatic, but let’s just say I was happy I was within 20 ft of a clean bathroom. Over the next 3 – 4 hours, I probably had myself another 2 or 3 dumps, and was surprised at the amount that was coming out. I apologize if you are eating breakfast while reading this!

Side Effects From This round of Colon Max:

  • Light Stomach Aches
  • Feeling kind of drained
  • Dehydrated
  • Slight Hangover Feeling

Subsequent Results From Colon Max

Since I only used one capsule of Colon Max the first and second time around, I decided to take the plunge and take a second capsule the third time around. This was about a month after the first couple of rounds, and I figured that the side effects were minimal the first time around so I should be ok. Boy was I wrong!

I took 2 capsules of Colon Max 2 nights ago, and I am still having an upset stomach. While the first time I took it I had no issues taking a dump the following day, for some reason I felt EVEN MORE backed up this time. How was this possible from taking 2 capsules? I have no idea, but it finally hit me today, and once again I am happy to be within running distance of a bathroom.

My side effects this time around were:

  • Medium Upset Stomach
  • Very Tired and Groggy
  • Again Feel Dehydrated
  • Pretty bad Gas last night (sorry Rachel!)
  • Minor Diarrhea

I decided to text my friend Sam and ask her if this was normal and she said “if your toxic and backed up”. Unfortunately, there is no scientific (or unscientific) way that I know of to see if I am toxic or backed up, so I decided to turn to the good old trusty internet to see if any of my “Toxic compadres” out there had the same side effects from Colon Max that I did.

What I found out is that the ingredients in Colon Max, specifically Rhubarb, is a very strong laxative which has numerous side effects. And would you know it, the side effects listed on WebMd for Rhubarb include the exact same ones that I listed above. Coincidence? I think not!

Would I Recommend Colon Max?

Overall, I think the first time that I used Colon Max I got pretty good results from it, so if you do decide to use it I would say stick with one pill. If you take it often (and by often I mean once a week), then I would imagine you would build up a tolerance for the ingredients, so it would be safe to use 2 capsules eventually. I guess any of these laxatives will give you some semblance of side effects, but I would think the cheaper ones, such as Colon Max, side effects occur more often. As far as a diet pill, I think the only weight I lost was from the 2 – 3 pounds of poop I got rid of.

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Does Colon Max help you to lose weight? -Drusilla

I think the only weight you lose is the 2 or 3 pounds you'll poop out.- Rob

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Can I take colon max if I'm 1 month pregnant -Lozoya_maribel

The label warns that it's not for use by women who are pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive.- Rob

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If you're taking prescription medications, you'll need to talk to your doctor about what kinds of supplements are safe to take with them.- Rob

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