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Laxative abuse is a form of drug abuse involving the overuse of laxatives It is potentially serious since it can lead to intestinal paralysis,[How to reference and link to summary or text] Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),[1] pancreatitis,[How to reference and link to summary or text] renal failure,[2][3] and other problems.

Laxatives are often used to excess by people with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa and bullimia.[citation needed]

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  1. (2005). Laxative Abuse: Some Basic Facts. (PDF) National Eating Disorders Association. URL accessed on 2008-09-07.
  2. Copeland P (1994). Renal failure associated with laxative abuse. Psychother Psychosom 62 (3-4): 200–2.
  3. Wright L, DuVal J (1987). Renal injury associated with laxative abuse. South Med J 80 (10): 1304–6.
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