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Understanding Constipation

Being constipated means bowel movements become less frequent and more difficult to pass. Constipation can have a lot of causes including lack of exercise and not enough fiber in the diet. It can also go along with certain digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
A healthcare provider can help determine the root cause of your constipation, recommend lifestyle changes, and write you a prescription if needed.

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Medications Prescribed for Constipation

Prucalopride (Motegrity)

Works by increasing contractions in the colon, leading to an increase in the number of bowel movements.

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Lubiprostone (Amitiza)

Increases the fluid secretion of the bowels, which helps ease the passage of stool out of the body.

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Linaclotide (Linzess)

Like lubiprostone, it increases the fluid secretion of the bowels, helping to ease the passage of stool.

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Common Questions About Constipation

What causes constipation?

Constipation is a condition that occurs when bowel movements become infrequent or difficult to pass. Several factors can cause constipation, including a low fiber diet, dehydration, lack of physical activity, certain medications, and medical conditions such as digestive disorders, thyroid disorders, diabetes, and neurological disorders. Delaying or ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement — and stress or anxiety — can also contribute to constipation.

How does stress contribute to constipation?

Yes, stress can cause constipation. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, which can slow down the digestive system, leading to constipation. Stress can also affect the way food moves through the intestines and the balance of gut bacteria, both of which can contribute to constipation. Additionally, stress can cause changes in eating habits and physical activity, which can also impact bowel movements.

Can constipation cause back pain?

Yes, constipation can cause back pain. When stools become hard and difficult to pass, it can cause straining during bowel movements. This can put pressure on the muscles and nerves in the lower back, leading to pain and discomfort.

In addition, constipation can cause inflammation in the digestive tract, which can also contribute to back pain. It’s important to seek medical attention if you’re experiencing symptoms of back pain, as this could be a sign of a more serious condition.

Can constipation cause nausea?

Yes. When there’s a backup of stool in your digestive tract, this can result in abdominal discomfort, bloating, and nausea. Additionally, when your body is trying to move stool through your digestive tract, it can trigger the release of chemicals and hormones that may lead to feelings of nausea.

I have IBS and get constipated a lot. What can I do?

To alleviate constipation related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), try increasing your fiber intake, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and incorporating stress management techniques. If these lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your healthcare provider may recommend OTC or prescription medication.

What are the best foods for constipation?

If you’re constipated, be sure to eat plenty of high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, as well as drink lots of water to help soften stools and aid in digestion.

Can constipation be a sign of a more serious condition?

In some cases, constipation can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, especially if it’s accompanied by blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, severe abdominal pain, or vomiting. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms along with constipation, it is important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause.

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