We sometimes associate constipation with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or poor diet, but did you know you can become constipated another way? A frequently overlooked cause of constipation is medication.
Medications like opioids and certain cholesterol-lowering agents, anti-hypertensives, anti-Parkinson’s agents, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, duodenal ulcer medication and over-the-counter products such as iron supplements may all cause constipation.
Your colon is the primary waste elimination system for your body and, while it is a highly efficient system, there can be times when it slows down. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if your colon muscles’ contractions are slow or sluggish, and your stool moves too slowly through it. When you experience constipation there are several steps you can take to alleviate this situation.
Try eating regular meals and keep your mealtimes on a schedule. Eating on the run or missing a meal could throw off your digestive system. Take a look at your diet, and make sure you are eating the right foods. Bran, whole grains and certain fruits and vegetables are good choices because they’re high in fiber. It’s best to avoid over-processed foods with little fiber. Also avoid large amounts of milk, cheese, meat, fatty foods and refined sugar.
Besides watching your diet, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink sufficient amounts of water throughout the day, and stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Make sure you are listening to your body and setting aside time for your bowel movement so that it becomes routine. Daily workouts help keep you regular, but check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
For occasional constipation associated with certain medications, you may get relief with Senokot-S Tablets. Senokot-S Tablets combine the natural vegetable laxative ingredient senna with docusate sodium, a stool softener.