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What can be used to help treat chronic constipation?

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Depending on the cause of your constipation, your doctor may suggest one of these drugs:

You can also try laxatives. Different types work in different ways to help you have a bowel movement.

  • Misoprostol (Cytotec) works as a stimulant to get your bowels working faster. You shouldn't take it if you're pregnant.
  • Colchicine/probenecid (Col-Probenecid) helps you have more bowel movements. It's not recommended for people with kidney problems.
  • OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) helps soften stool and makes it less painful to go. It's been used to treat people with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Sources:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Constipation.”

MedlinePlus: “Lubiprostone.”

FDA: “FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation.”

UpToDate: “Constipation Overview,” “Lubiprostone: Drug information,” “Linaclotide: Drug information,” “Plecanatide: Drug information.”

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology: “What is chronic constipation? Definition and diagnosis.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Constipation in Adults.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

Sources:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Constipation.”

MedlinePlus: “Lubiprostone.”

FDA: “FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation.”

UpToDate: “Constipation Overview,” “Lubiprostone: Drug information,” “Linaclotide: Drug information,” “Plecanatide: Drug information.”

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology: “What is chronic constipation? Definition and diagnosis.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Constipation in Adults.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

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