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A 35-year-old male asked:

What is constipation? how do you treat it?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Constipation: Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass (+/- pain). Severe constipation includes obstipation (failure to pass stools or gas) and fecal impaction, which can progress to bowel obstruction and become life-threatening. Increasing dietary fiber, laxatives, enemas, medications (Colace, Amitiza (lubiprostone) and Linzess are effective) and sometimes even surgical intervention.
Dr. Steven Ferguson
General Practice 35 years experience
See below: Constipation is a very common problem particular in Western society. Common associated issues are not enough water and not enough fruits and vegetables. High-fiber can be very helpful in constipation but it must be associated with water. Several questions would help diagnose your problem. To include how often you normally move your bowels. Do you normally have a problem with constipation? Do you

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What causes constipation and how can I treat this?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there any situations when I should not treat constipation myself?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Mild intermittent constipation can be self-treated. However, these are important issues to discuss periodically with your doctor. She may want to evaluate for potential causes of constipation as well as provide guidance for treatment.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Have constipation in adults, what to do to treat it?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids.

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