Too bad there isn't a legal intervention for laxative abuse! My mother is in independent living (shouldn't be but refuses to move). Like a lot of old people, she is obsessed with her bowels. To complicate things, she has dementia and doesn't remember what she did 10 minutes ago. One minute she says she had diarrhea and an hour later claiming she hasn't "gone" in 3 days. Therefore, she is taking this laxative more than once a day, obviously. We have tried taking it away, but she just goes right to the in house store and buys more. Since she is in independent living, they can't refuse to sell it to her. There is no reasoning with her, with anything, we have tried everything and so has the doctor. We just keep hoping that whatever health crisis this causes, it isn't too serious and will force her into assisted living.