Constipation Treatments

Constipation Treatments

Constipation Treatments

Constipation is a very common ailment and can affect everyone at some point in their life. It results in reduced frequency of defecation combined with straining and small, hard, lumpy stools.

Here are 3 Constipation Treatments:

1. Lifestyle Changes

Increase fluid intake: water, weak squash and weak tea.
Increase exercise levels: sprint walk, run for as little as 10mins will relieve constipation.
High Fibre diet,
Fruits such as dates and prunes

2. Suppositories

They are the best for rapid constipation treatment (within 15minutes). Glycerol suppositories can be purchased over the counter.

3. Laxatives

They are various different types of laxatives.
Stimulant laxative such as bisacodyl takes between 8 to 12 hours therefore it is best suited to take at night before bed.
Osmotic laxative such as lactulose is safe to use in pregnancy and children. It increases absorption of water into the large bowel and works within 48 hours.
Bulk-forming laxative such as fybogel acts by retaining water in the gut. It takes up to 3 days to exact its effect therefore not recommended for acute constipation.

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