Constipation Treatment

Most patients are successfully treated for constipation by dietary modification, which includes increasing the amount of fruit and fibre in the diet, as well as increasing fluid intake. Fibre supplements are completely safe and can be helpful. It is important to remember that sometimes fibre supplementation will take several weeks to work and that fluid intake should always be increased alongside.

Some patients may require laxatives, suppositories or enemas. These should only be used when recommended by your GP or consultant.
Some patients with chronic constipation that has not improved with standard laxatives may benefit from the new colonic motility stimulant Prucalopride (Resolor).

Only in very rare cases is surgical treatment for constipation ever required. Correction of physical causes of obstructed defaecation can however be very beneficial.


What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
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