Constipation — Basic Treatment

If basic treatment works for Constipation, it’s usually not necessary to perform tests. This can even be managed without a physical exam, by telemedicine.

Very Basic (and Essential) Lifestyle Interventions:

  • Increase fiber in diet
  • Increase fluid intake
  • Increase exercise (cardio)

Simple Medications:

If hard stools, options include:

  • Stool Softeners (taken twice a day, every day).
  • Polyethylene Glycol (Miralaxยฎ, and others), Sorbitol, Lactulose, etc. Taken daily.

If  normal stool consistency:

  • Natural or synthetic fibers like Psyllium & others (Metamucilยฎ, CitrucelV, FIberconยฎ, SuprafiberV, etc.). Taken daily.
  • Polyethylene Glycol (Miralaxยฎ, and others), Sorbitol, Lactulose, etc. Taken daily.

For feeling an urge but unable to defecate, as-needed medications (not usually daily):

  • Senna
  • Bisacodyl

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