Most cases of constipation are mild and temporary, so you probably won't need any medications if you have developed this condition. But if your constipation symptoms do not go away after two or three weeks or you are having severe difficulty passing stools, your doctor may recommend a laxative for a limited amount of time. There are many different types of laxatives, from stimulants to lubricants. They all help restore normal bowel movements by softening the stool or helping the stool move more easily through the colon. However, some laxatives may be harmful if used for long periods of time, so talk to your doctor if laxatives are not relieving your constipation.
- Q How does exercise help treat acute constipation?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with constipation?
- Q Are there alternative treatments for chronic constipation?
- Q How can chronic constipation be cured?
- Q What medications treat constipation?
- Q Besides a high fiber diet, what can I do for my chronic constipation?