• Chronic Constipation Treatment

Treatment
  • The main aim of treatment for Chronic Constipation is to achieve atleast one bowel movement every two to three days without straining.
  • Treatment for chronic constipation includes advice to take more water, dietary fiber, routine exercise etc.
  • Medicines include non-stimulant laxatives, stimulant laxatives, enemas, suppositories, etc.
  • Lubricant laxatives like mineral oil, malt fibers and emollient laxatives like Docusate are prescribed. There are other groups of laxatives too. Saline laxatives like magnesium, sulfate, phosphate, and citrate [for example, magnesium citrate (Citroma), magnesium hydroxide, sodium phosphate are also commonly used. In hospital setup enemas are also used.
  • Biofeedback is training given to patients of pelvic floor dysfunction to teach them how to make their muscles work more normally and improve their ability to defecate.
  • Surgery may be required in treatment for chronic constipation in some obstinate cases.
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