Laxatives pp 55-61 | Cite as

Laxative Abuse

  • Francesco Capasso
  • Timothy S. Gaginella


Side effects have been described for the laxatives covered in this volume, and the potential for dependency on these drugs has also been described. Here we wish to comment on problems associated with prolonged use of these drugs. Indeed, over use (that is, continuous unwarranted use) of laxatives is abuse (Sarner 1976; Cummings 1974; Kacere et al. 1993).


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© Springer-Verlag Italia, Milano 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Capasso
    • 1
  • Timothy S. Gaginella
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Experimental PharmacologyUniversity of Naples “Federico II”NaplesItaly
  2. 2.School of PharmacyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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