There are several different medications available to help treat constipation. Over-the-counter methods are available for minor cases. Stronger medications should be prescribed by a doctor or a professional healthcare provider.
One of the causes of constipation is a lack of fibre in the diet. In order to treat your case of constipation, you could take fibre supplements. These are usually available for purchase over the counter at your local drugstore.
Common fibre supplements available in the US are Calcium polycarbophil (FiberCon), Methylcellulose fibre (Citrucel), Psyllium (Metamucil, Konsyl) or Wheat dextrin (Benefiber). It is important to drink plenty of water while taking fibre supplements.
Other Medications for Constipation
Other medications include osmotics laxatives. These help the stool hold more fluid so that it can move through the system easier.
Stool softeners also help soften the stool. However, they are usually used after a surgery when you need to avoid any straining movement.
Suppositories go directly into the rectum and work by making the intestines contract to create more movement. Some also soften the stool but it is best to talk to your doctor about which treatment will work for you and your case of constipation.
Stimulants should only be used when you have severe constipation. This medication works by causing the intestines to squeeze and create movement. Only use stimulants if other drugs or treatments are not working.
Enemas are procedures where a fluid, such as water, is pushed directly into the rectum. It helps soften the stool and allow for more movement.
Discuss your condition with a doctor who will be able to provide you with a treatment that is best suited for you and your case of constipation. Be sure to use all medications, prescribed or over the counter, as directed by a doctor or pharmacist.
Featured Image: DepositPhotos/ duskbabePosted on May 22, 2023