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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