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Drugs, medications that may cause constipation
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
Drugs used to treat mood disorders
Drugs used for the treatment of psychosis
Drugs used for hypertension / antihypertensive therapy
Drugs used as antiarrhythmic drugs
Drugs used for Parkinson’s disease
Benztropine mesylate (Cogentin)
Drugs used in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia
Drugs used for peptic ulcer disease
Supplements for iron-deficient patients
Drugs used for cough that contain opioid
Drugs used against inflammation and some anti-rheumatic drugs
Drugs used for gastrointestinal disorders
Loperamide hydrochloride (Imodium)
Drugs used for pain relief
Acetaminophen & codeine
Morphine/ Morphine sulfate
St. John’s wort
The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common condition but it is among the least understood.
Although constipation does not singly characterize the disease, it is part of its most common presenting pattern – constipation alternating with diarrhea. Patients with the irritable bowel syndrome typically feel very uncomfortable especially when symptoms include dyspepsia, vomiting, heartburn and nausea. Do these symptoms sound familiar to you?
Are you eating the right foods and involved in the right diet? Constipation can be merely a break in the balance of foods which can cause it, and foods that can prevent it. The typical diet nowadays can highly induce constipation, and fatty food is one of the major culprits. So what are the foods you should avoid and what should you invest more on?
Laxatives: Beneficial or disadvantageous?
The word constipation is inevitably linked to the word laxative. Laxatives are formulated as quick remedies for constipation. Most of these eventually come up on a person's desk even without a prescription. Contrary to popular belief, laxatives should be used only when someone fails to respond to the natural ways used to treat constipation. There are many types of laxatives which differ in their type of action. Regardless however, laxatives, when abused, can be bad news.