Chronic Constipation Drugs

Chronic Constipation Drugs

There are several treatments and medications that are available for alleviating chronic constipation. They are available to purchase over-the-counter purchase at your local drugstore or you may be prescribed one by a doctor or a professional healthcare provider.

Changing your diet to contain more fiber will usually treat chronic constipation, but if you are unable to do that, then you can take fiber supplements. Be sure to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine as this will also be effective in addressing your constipation problem. 

Osmotics are another way to help treat chronic constipation. They are available in the form of a pill and will help the stool become softer. Once this occurs, it should allow the stool to pass more easily through your system. Stool softeners work in a similar way to osmotic laxatives.

Stimulants are only meant for the treatment of severe cases of chronic constipation. They will cause your intestines to contract and squeeze more so that the stool can move more easily through the colon. Do not overuse stimulants as they can cause low potassium levels.

Suppositories work by going directly into the rectum. Most work by causing your intestines to squeeze more.

An enema is a treatment where a fluid is pushed directly into the rectum to soften the stool and allow for easier movement.

Other prescription medications include Colchicine, which increases your bowel movements, and Lactulose which will allow more water to be retained and soften the stool.

Be sure to talk with your doctor or a professional healthcare provider about the possible options you have to treat your case of chronic constipation. Your doctor will be able to offer a more detailed explanation of what medications to take and for how long you may need to take them.

Do not take any medications if you are allergic to any of the ingredients they may contain or if you have any existing medical conditions that could diminish the effect of the medication.

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Posted on March 24, 2023