Although most homeopathic preparations tend to have little to no side effects, I did find info stating that "the symptomatic adverse reactions produced by Phenolphthalein are more or less tolerable and if they become severe, they can be treated symptomatically, these include Abdominal cramps, Skin RashX, Eruptions, Colic, Erythema multiforme, Epidermal necrolysis."
"The signs and symptoms that are produced after the acute overdosage of Phenolphthalein include Diarrhea, Pulmonary edema, Hypoglycemia, Pancreatitis."
Regarding your concerns about addiction, this is not an addictive medication. Also, due to the nature of this medication being a laxative and all, I don't think you'll have to worry about getting addicted to taking it, even for those with addictive tendencies or behavior.
The adult dosing regime for Y-lax, is 2 tablets at bedtime; but it doesn't go so far as to say how long one should be taking these pills. For this reason you should probably give it a trial run to at least determine how well your body responds to the medication.
I hope this helps to answer your questions!
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Sometimes there might be a skin rash or a harmless discoloration of the urine. Nothing really to worry about in my opinion.