Gastroenterologists recommend 2 new treatments for chronic constipation

Key points Gastrointestinal health experts have added two new options to their list of recommended treatments for chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults: magnesium oxide and senna. Magnesium oxide and senna are both available over the counter (OTC). Eating plenty of high-fiber foods, drinking lots of water, and getting more exercise can also help with constipation. However, if you’ve tried lifestyle changes but are still constipated, experts recommend contacting your doctor about over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives or prescription drugs. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)…

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New chronic constipation guideline evaluates treatment options

A new practice guideline aims to help clinicians navigate an increasingly crowded field of over-the-counter and prescription treatment options for chronic idiopathic constipation in otherwise healthy people. The guideline, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, was jointly developed by the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. It marks the first AGA update on chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), also called functional constipation, in a decade. In an interview, guideline lead author Lin Chang, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, noted that CIC is defined as…

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