If Constipation Is Chronic

15 Oct

So you’ve tried lifestyle changes and over-the-counter laxatives for at least 3 months with little success? You may have chronic constipation. Your doctor can determine whether any of your meds may be contributing and check you for improper functioning of the abdominal, pelvic floor, and sphincter muscles.

In the latter, you may need physical therapy to retrain these muscles. Several prescription drugs, such as lactulose (Enulose and others., and generic), are approved for chronic constipation, but our experts say you should consider them only if other measures have failed. Your doctor can help you figure out whether, when, and for how long to use one of these drugs.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health September 2018

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