Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2012; 25(01): 012-019
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1301754
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Medical Management of Constipation

Meredith Portalatin
1   Department of Gastroenterology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Nathaniel Winstead
1   Department of Gastroenterology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Publication Date:
23 March 2012 (online)

Abstract

Constipation is a common clinical problem. Initial management of chronic constipation should include lifestyle maneuvers, and increased fiber and fluids. Polyethylene glycol, sodium picosulfate, bisacodyl, prucalopride, lubiprostone, and linaclotide were all more effective than placebo for treating chronic idiopathic constipation. Many commonly used agents lack quality evidence supporting their use.