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When should you call your doctor about your constipation?

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Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms with constipation:

  • Stomach pain
  • Blood in your stools
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Inability to have a bowel movement Also, call if you've been having trouble going for more than three weeks and constipation treatments aren't working. You may have a condition called Chronic Idiopathic Constipation, which means your constipation may be caused by something other than physical or physiological.

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1. Academic Press, 2009.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 20, 2020

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1. Academic Press, 2009.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 20, 2020

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