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Everyone has their own usual bowel habit. Constipation is a common digestive system problem, in which you are unable to open your bowels and pass a motion as easily or as often as usual, and it is often accompanied by hard, dry stools (faeces, bowel motions, poo). In terms of frequency, what constitutes constipation for one person may be normal for someone else. That’s because the normal frequency of bowel movements varies widely for individuals from three times a day to three times a week. What’s normal for you may not be normal for someone else.
Constipation may make you feel bloated or sluggish or experience discomfort or pain. Some of the most common causes of constipation can be treated at home. However, in some cases, constipation is caused by more serious illnesses and events, including tumours, so it is important not to over treat constipation with laxatives in place of seeking medical advice.
In addition to the self care advice mentioned above, laxative medicines are sometimes required to help relieve constipation. There are several different types of laxatives available at your local Advantage Pharmacy. The choice of a laxative product depends on how severe you constipation is, the cause of your constipation, your age, and if you have any medical conditions. It is important to note that some types of laxatives can be habit forming and should only be used for short periods of time. Ask your Advantage Pharmacist if you require a laxative, which laxative would be best for you and your symptoms, and how long you should use it for. The main types of laxatives are listed below.