Constipation - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Aug 23, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I visit in case I suffer from constipation?

You should visit your family doctor / general practitioner to treat constipation. He may refer you to a gastroenterologist if required.

2. How can I prevent constipation?

Constipation can be prevented by taking adequate fluid and fiber in diet and engaging in regular exercise.

3. What medications are used to treat constipation?

Besides the diet and lifestyle changes mentioned above, laxatives or stool softeners may be used for the treatment of constipation when really necessary. Counseling of the patient may also be necessary to assure the patient that bowel movement every day is not necessary. A bowel training regimen may be useful in some cases. In cases where there is an underlying cause for constipation, the cause should be treated.

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