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Constipation Treatments

Constipation: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for constipation are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of constipation and softens the stool so it can be passed normally.

Many cases of constipation can be treated simply by increasing exercise and water intake and fiber in the diet. Fiber can be found in high amounts in whole grains and fruits and vegetables and in supplements. It is also important to empty the bowels as soon as the urge is felt and to establish a usual time to empty the bowels.

Medications that can help prevent or treat constipation include stool softeners. Over-the-counter laxatives are used by many people to treat constipation but overuse of laxatives can lead to laxative dependency. Both stool softeners and laxatives can also have side effects, such as abdominal cramps and diarrhea and should only be taken under the direction of a licensed physician or nurse practitioner.

Treatment of constipation that is caused by the life-threatening condition of intestinal obstruction, includes hospitalization, surgery, intravenous fluids and medications. Colorectal cancer and colon cancer is generally treated with surgery and possible chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics and a liquid diet short a period of time. Some serious cases of diverticulitis may require hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics and surgery. Ileus is treated by hospitalization and removing all the air and contents of the stomach. This is done for a limited time with a long tube that is attached to suction and passed through the nose, down the esophagus into the stomach.

Constipation: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Constipation from various sources may include:

Treatments for Constipation

The following treatments are listed for Constipation in our knowledge base:

Alternative Treatments for Constipation

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Constipation in various sources may include:

  • Dietary fiber
  • Hydration
  • Citrus peel
  • Citrus juice
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Psyllium (fiber supplement)
  • Colon massage
  • Prune juice
  • Cascara sagrada
  • Triphala
  • Aloe for internal use
  • Magnesium
  • Choline citrate
  • Exercise
  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Quercetin
  • Bioflavonoids
  • Pectin
  • Caffeine
  • Prunes
  • Figs
  • Honey
  • Okra
  • Oranges
  • Plantains
  • Rhubarb
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bulgur
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Modest caffeine intake
  • Castor oil
  • Raisins
  • Acupressure
  • Senna
  • Regular bathroom habits
  • Laughing
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Reduce stress
  • Bran, applesauce and prune juice
  • Hot milk and ghee
  • Yoga
  • Dietary changes
  • Ayurvedic dietary changes
  • Nux vomica homeopathic remedy
  • Bryonia homeopathic remedy
  • Alumina homeopathic remedy
  • Opium homeopathic remedy
  • Sulphur homeopathic remedy
  • Natrum muriaticum homeopathic remedy
  • Silica homeopathic remedy
  • Warm water compress over anal area
  • Acupuncture
  • Yams
  • Cucumber
  • Nuts with large glass of water
  • Pine nuts with large glass of water
  • Sesame seeds with large glass of water
  • Flaxseeds with large glass of water
  • Apple and aloe vera juice on empty stomach
  • Potato juice
  • Qigong mind-body exercise
  • Run Chang Wan Chinese herb
  • Regular bathroom habit
  • Avoid antacids that contain calcium or aluminum
  • Avoid laxatives as an easy solution
  • Honey in large glass of water on empty stomach
  • Investigate whether your condition is a side effect from a medication
  • High-fiber muffins
  • Over-the-counter laxatives occasionally

Drugs and Medications used to treat Constipation:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Constipation may include:

  • Bisacodyl
  • Alophen
  • Bisac-Evac
  • Besacodyl Uniserts
  • Correctol Tablets
  • Doxidan
  • Dulcolax
  • Emilax
  • Fleet Bisacodyl Enema
  • Fleet Stimulant Laxative
  • Gentlax
  • Modane Tablets
  • Veracolate
  • Apo-Bisacodyl
  • Carter's Little Pills
  • Dehydrocholic Acid
  • Docusate and Casanthranol
  • Peri-Colace
  • Dousate and Senna
  • Senokot-S
  • Glycerin
  • Bausch & Lomb Computer Eye Drops
  • Fleet Babylax
  • Fleet Glycerin Suppositories
  • Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Maximum Strength
  • Fleet Liquid Glycerin Suppositories
  • Osmoglyn
  • Sani-Supp
  • Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Dulcolax Milk of Magnesia
  • Phillips' Milk of Magnesia
  • Magnesium Hydroxide and Mineral Oil Emulsion
  • Phillips' M-O
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Malt Soup Extract
  • Methylcellulose
  • Citrucel
  • FiberEase
  • Polycarbophil
  • Equalactin
  • FiberCon
  • Fiber-Lax
  • FiberNorm
  • Konsyl Tablets
  • Phillips Fibercaps
  • Miralax
  • Polyethylene Glycol-Electrolyte Solution
  • Psyllium
  • Fiberall
  • Genfiber
  • Hydrocil
  • Konsyl
  • Konsyl-D
  • Konsyl Easy Mix
  • Konsyl Orange
  • Metamucil
  • Metamucil Smooth Texture
  • Modane Bulk
  • Perdiem Fiber Therapy
  • Reguloid
  • Serutan
  • Novo-Mucilax
  • Senna
  • Agoral Maximum Strength Laxative
  • Evac-U-Gen
  • Ex-lax Maximum Strength
  • Fletcher's Castoria
  • Senexon
  • Senna-Gen
  • Sennatural
  • Senokot
  • Senokot Children's
  • SenokotXTRA
  • X-Prep
  • Sodium Phosphate
  • Fleet Enema
  • Fleet Phospho-Soda
  • Accu-Prep
  • Visicol
  • Fleet Phospho-Soda Oral Laxative
  • Frangula
  • Granocol
  • Normacol Plus
  • Fybogel
  • Ispaghula
  • Poloxamer - mainly used to treat constipation in children
  • Coloxyl Drops - mainly used to treat constipation in children
  • Durolax SP
  • Sodium Picosulfate
  • Picolax
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorbilax
  • Carbosorb S with Charcoal
  • Microlax
  • Medevac
  • Aquae
  • Aloe Vera
  • Flaxseed

Latest treatments for Constipation

The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Constipation:

Treatments for Causes of Constipation

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Constipation:

More causes: not all possible causes for Constipation are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Constipation.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Constipation:

The following list of conditions have 'Constipation' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Constipation:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Constipation' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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