Chronic Con­sti­pa­tion

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Chronic con­sti­pa­tion is a com­mon con­di­tion that in­creases with age and is more com­mon in women than men. Symp­toms in­clude hav­ing less than 3 bowel move­ments per week, strain­ing, hard stools, in­com­plete evac­u­a­tion and in­abil­ity to pass stool. Causes can be struc­tural le­sions of the colon (e.g., colon can­cer, colon stric­ture or nar­row­ing); med­i­cal con­di­tions such as di­a­betes, thy­roid dis­or­ders, Parkin­son’s dis­ease, or preg­nancy; or drugs such as pain med­i­ca­tions (opi­oids), blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tions (cal­cium chan­nel block­ers), anti-seizure med­i­ca­tions, and an­ti­spas­mod­ics. In these cases, switch­ing to a new med­i­ca­tion may re­lieve the symp­toms. A se­ri­ous bowel dis­ease or a struc­tural dis­or­der could cause the on­set of con­sti­pa­tion, so it is im­por­tant to see a health pro­fes­sional, es­pe­cially in peo­ple over 50. Ac­cord­ing to UCLA, it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that some in­di­vid­u­als use the bath­room less of­ten than oth­ers. If you do suf­fer from both­er­some symp­toms of chronic con­sti­pa­tion, a high fiber diet or fiber sup­ple­ments, such as psyl­lium, can help to ease stool pas­sage and nor­mal­ize bowel move­ments. In­creas­ing fluid in­take and ex­er­cise are usu­ally rec­om­mended. In more mod­er­ate to se­vere con­sti­pa­tion, med­i­ca­tions are usu­ally needed. Over-the­counter lax­a­tives can in­crease stool fre­quency and soften hard stools. Ask our phar­ma­cist for more in­for­ma­tion.

River Oak Phar­macy 1080-D West F St. Oak­dale, CA 95361 209-847-2226

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