Chronic Constipation Drugs

Chronic Constipation Drugs

There is a variety of chronic constipation drugs available to choose from, many of which are available for purchase over the counter. If you require something stronger, talk to your doctor or a personal healthcare provider. He or she will be able to prescribe a medication that would work best for you and your case of chronic constipation.

Over-the-counter Chronic Constipation Drugs

Most over-the-counter medicines are laxatives, which are available in several different types.

Fibre supplements, also known as bulk-forming laxatives, bring fluid to the stool. This softens the stool and allows for easier movement through your system. This type of laxative should always be taken with plenty of water and fluids. It usually takes several days before you see the full results.

The second type of laxatives is lubricants. Lubricant laxatives coat the stool to allow for easier movement. These work within six to eight hours. You should only use this type of laxative for a short time and be aware of side effects, such as stomach pain and cramping.

Osmotic laxatives are another type of medication that treats chronic constipation. These laxatives keep moisture in the intestines and soften stool for easier movement.

Stimulant laxatives cause the intestines to contract. These usually work between six to ten hours of taking them and should only be used as a short-term treatment. Side effects of stimulant laxatives include stomach cramping.

Remember to go see your doctor or professional healthcare provider to discuss your chronic constipation and receive a treatment that is best suited to you and your condition. Always follow the directions that your doctor or pharmacist gives you in regard to the drug you are using to treat your chronic constipation.

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Posted on May 22, 2023