Your medicines can have side effects on constipation


Many medicines also affect digestion

Medicines can help, but some medicines can also cause constipation. Actually it’s a common side effect of medication that affects the nervous system. The explanation is simple: The movement that pushes poo out of your body is controlled by nerves that line the colon, which are sensitive to some medications.

Do you have kidney conditions, and did your doctor prescribe diuretics? Then constipation could be an added side effect of the unusual loss of water. If so, talk to your healthcare professional.
If you don’t have enough iron in your blood, you are probably taking iron supplements, which can slow things down in your gut and cause constipation. If so, try some orange juice to wash your supplement down. If this doesn't help your digestion, you could also ask your doctor for an alternative prescription.
Is there codeine in your painkillers? This can sometimes slow down your bowel movement which can lead to constipation. If it's troublesome, have a chat with a pharmacist or your doctor about other types of pain medication you can try.
Sometimes you might be prescribed medication if your blood pressure is a problem. Some (not all) types of blood pressure medication can affect your digestive system, slowing it down, which can make you constipated too. If you think your blood pressure medication is giving you problems with constipation, you should talk to your doctor.
If you're being treated by the doctor for anxiety or Schizophrenia you might have to take antipsychotic medication and one of their known side effects is a change in bowel habits. If you find you're getting constipated, get some advice from your doctor.
If you've been given medication by your doctor to control your epilepsy, sometimes this can slow down your bowel. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional if constipation is affecting you.
If you have a heart condition and are prescribed diuretics, you most probably have to go for a pee more often. Sometimes a side effect of this unusual loss of water could be constipation.
Some remedies for heartburn or indigestion which contain aluminium can slow down your system and cause constipation. There are different types of remedies you can try which don't contain aluminium, so have a look around for alternatives.
The medication taken for Parkinson's disease can sometimes have a knock on effect on your bowel, which can slow things down. Try talking to your doctor about ways to deal with the constipation if it's becoming a problem.

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