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What can cause constipation in people who have Parkinson's disease?

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In some people with Parkinson's disease, constipation may happen because the autonomic nervous system isn’t working right. That system controls smooth muscle activity. If it isn’t working right, the intestinal tract may operate slowly, causing constipation.

Also, medications used to treat Parkinson's disease (such as Artane and Cogentin) can cause constipation.

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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