Constipation in Adults Topic Guide

Constipation (Adults) Constipation (Adults): Constipation in adults refers to difficulty in passing stools or a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements. Causes of constipation in adults include a poor diet, excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, inadequate fluid intake, poor bowel habits, certain medications, pregnancy, certain diseases or conditions, age, and more. Treatment for constipation include lifestyle changes, OTC remedies, and medication if necessary.

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lubiprostone Lubiprostone

Lubiprostone is used to treat chronic constipation, or constipation caused by opioid (narcotic) pain medicine...learn more »

polyethylene glycol 3350 Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Polyethylene glycol 3350 is a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements...learn more »

methylcellulose Methylcellulose

Methylcellulose is a bulk-forming laxative that increases the amount of water in your stools to help make them softer and easier to pass...learn more »

sorbitol Sorbitol

Sorbitol is a laxative. It is used to treat constipation...learn more »

caffeine and ergotamine (oral/rectal) Caffeine And Ergotamine (oral/rectal)

Caffeine is a stimulant that causes narrowing of blood vessels (vasoconstriction)...learn more »

docusate and senna Docusate And Senna

Docusate is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass...learn more »

lactulose Lactulose

Lactulose is a type of sugar. It is broken down in the large intestine into mild acids that draw water into the colon, which helps soften the stools...learn more »

polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution is a laxative solution that stimulates bowel movements. This medication also contains minerals to replace electroly...learn more »

docusate Docusate

Docusate is a stool softener that makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass...learn more »

psyllium Psyllium

Psyllium is a bulk-forming fiber laxative. Psyllium works by absorbing liquid and swelling in the intestines to create a softer, bulky stool that is easier t...learn more »

magnesium hydroxide Magnesium Hydroxide

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium hydroxide reduces stomach acid, and increases water in the intestines which may induce bowel movements....learn more »

caffeine citrate (oral) Caffeine Citrate (oral)

Caffeine citrate is a central nervous system stimulant...learn more »