Constipation (cont.)

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What causes constipation?

Theoretically, constipation can be caused by the slow passage of digesting food through any part of the intestine. More than 95% of the time, however, the slowing occurs in the colon.

Medications that cause constipation

A frequently over-looked cause of constipation is medications. The most common offending medications include:

In addition to the medications listed above, there are many others that can cause constipation. Simple measures (for example, increasing dietary fiber) for treating the constipation caused by medications are often are effective, and discontinuing the medication is not necessary. If simple measures don't work, it may be possible to substitute a less constipating medication. For example, a nonsteroidal ant-inflammatory drug (for example, ibuprofen) may be substituted for narcotic pain medications. Additionally, one of the newer and less constipating antidepressant medications (for example, fluoxetine [Prozac]) may be substituted for amitriptyline and imipramine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2012

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