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What can cause constipation?

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Things that can cause constipation include:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • A diet low in fiber
  • Lack of exercise
  • Travel or another change in routine
  • Eating lots of dairy products
  • Stress
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Antacid medicines that have calcium or aluminum
  • Other medicines (especially strong pain medicines like opioids, antidepressants, and iron pills)
  • Medical problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diabetes, and colorectal cancer (rarely)
  • Pregnancy

From: Parkinson's Disease and Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2018

SOURCES:

University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration: "Parkinson's Treatment Tips for Constipation."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Constipation in Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Gastrointestinal Problems."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration: "Parkinson's Treatment Tips for Constipation."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Constipation in Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Gastrointestinal Problems."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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