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Question by  Karen54 (971)

Is it true that caffeine makes you poop?

A friend of mine says that caffeine will help you go to the bathroom.


Answer by  Jeanne72 (436)

Yes, one of caffeine's side effects is diarrhea. Why? Because when caffeine is metabolized, it makes three chemicals. One of these chemicals that cause diarrhea is theophylline. This is a smooth muscle relaxor. The bowels are smooth muscles and thus, poop arrives.


Answer by  olive8 (911)

Yes, it is true that caffeine can make you have a bowel movement. Caffeine can both serve as a diuretic (making you pee more), or make you poo more because of its stimulant effects (of course much less than a laxative, but the same idea).


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it promotes urination (makes you pee). It does not have any effect on pooping, though.

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