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Constipation (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.

Constipation (Adults) Topic Guide - Visuals

Constipation (Adults) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

lubiprostone Lubiprostone

Lubiprostone increases the secretion of fluid in your intestines to help make it easier to pass stools (bowel movements)...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 increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements. Thi...learn more »

docusate Docusate

Docusate is a stool softener. It 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 is important for many systems in the body especially the muscles and nerves. Magnesium hydroxide also r...learn more »

caffeine citrate (oral) Caffeine Citrate (oral)

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