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Constipation Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Can often be treated at home, by drinking more water and taking fiber supplements.
  • You may need to take OTC laxatives, like stool softeners and bowel stimulants

When you may need a provider

  • You have frequent constipation.
  • Your constipation gets worse.
  • You are having pain or have a history of severe constipation, underlying GI issues (inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer), or are taking opiate medications.

Emergency Care

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Call 911 or go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • You have not had a bowel movement for several days and you have pain in your abdomen or vomiting every time you eat or drink.
  • Black tarry stool
  • Rectal bleeding

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