Drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
Taking Laxatives, Stool Softeners, or Glycerin Suppositories
Regularly using laxatives or enemas can be habit forming. Your bowels can become accustomed to these products and require them in order to produce a stool. Stool softeners, though, are not habit-forming. Ask your doctor about how often and for how long to use these products.
Examples of medicines include:
Polyethylene glycol 3350
(GlycoLax, MiraLax)—a type of laxative
Psyllium—a bulk laxative
Docusate—a stool softener
Lactulose—a type of laxative
(Amitiza)—a medicine that increases fluid in stool
Set aside the same time each day to move your bowels. Typically, this works best after breakfast and coffee. Sit on the toilet for 15-20 minutes. Over time, your body will learn to have regular bowel movements at the same time each day.
works by attaching sensors to the body. These sensors give you information about your muscles. By working with a therapist, you learn how to control certain muscles that can help you to move your bowels.
Treating Underlying Conditions
Work with your doctor to treat other conditions that may be causing your constipation.
If you are taking medicine that causes constipation, talk to your doctor to find out if you can take another drug.
If you are taking opioids to relieve pain, you may have constipation. A medicine called
(Relistor) may help to reduce this side effect.
If you have severe, chronic constipation, your doctor may recommend surgery.
If you are diagnosed with constipation, follow your doctor's
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