Patients complaining of constipation require a history and examination and possibly simple investigations to find out if their problem is secondary to other conditions or drugs. If there is no underlying cause, non-drug treatments such as increasing dietary fibre should be recommended. Drug treatment can be considered if the constipation persists. Bulking agents can be tried and then osmotic laxatives. Stimulant laxatives are available, but their long-term use is not recommended. Specialist assessment should be considered if the constipation remains refractory to treatment.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2010|