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Some drugs, medications may cause constipation


If you are currently on a pharmacologic regimen and noticed changes in your bowel movement, do not be alarmed. Constipation is among the most common adverse effects of most drugs, especially those acting on the nervous system. This is because the peristaltic movement that pushes fecal matter towards the anus is primarily a by-product of nervous innervation on the muscles lining the colon.

Most of these drugs include those used in the treatment of heart disease, hypercholesterolemia, as well as anti-hypertensive drugs. Some antacids, antidepressants, as well as pain relievers can also induce constipation. The following is a list of these drugs, so if you happen to find the one you are currently taking under this list, be rest assured that your constipation can be most probably relieved by an increase of fiber in your diet.

Drugs used to treat depression or anxiety disorders
                        Amitriptyline
                        Doxepin HCI
Drugs used to treat mood disorders
                        Imipramine (Tofranil)
                        Amitriptyline (Elavil)
                        Trimipramine (Surmontil)
                        Doxepin (Sinequan)
                        Desipramine (Norpramin)
                        Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
                        Protriptyline (Vivactil)
Drugs used for the treatment of psychosis
                        Haloperidol
                        Pianozide
                        Risperidone
                        Thiothixene
                        Olanzapine
                        Clozapine
                        Chlorpromazine
                        Thioridazine
Drugs used for hypertension / antihypertensive therapy
                        Calcium-channel blockers
                        Clonidine (Catapres)
                        Clonidine/Chlorthalidone
Drugs used as antiarrhythmic drugs
                        Disopyramide
                        Verapamil
Drugs used for Parkinson’s disease
                        Bromocriptine
                        Trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
                        Benztropine mesylate (Cogentin)
                        Biperiden (Akineton)
                        Procyclidine (Kemadrin)
Drugs used in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia
                        Cholestyramine
Drugs used for peptic ulcer disease
                        Sucralfate
Supplements for iron-deficient patients
                        Ferrous gluconate
                        Ferrous sulfate
Drugs used for cough that contain opioid
                        Hydrocodone bitartrate
                        Chlorpheniramine polistirex
                        Hydrocodone tartrate
                        Homatropine methylbromide
Drugs used against inflammation and some anti-rheumatic drugs
                        Sulindac (Clinoril)
                        Ketoprofen (Orudis)                              
Drugs used for gastrointestinal disorders
                        Loperamide hydrochloride (Imodium)                                
Drugs used for pain relief
                        Acetaminophen & codeine
                        Fentanyl
                        Hydrocodone
                        Hydromorphone
                        Meperidine
                        Methadone
                        Morphine/ Morphine sulfate
                        Oxycodone
                        Oxymorphone
                        Propoxyphene
                        Tramadol
Herbal medicine
                        St. John’s wort

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