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Chronic constipation

Chronic constipation is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with chronic constipation, 87% report having constipation, 77% report having sharp abdominal pain, and 37% report having burning abdominal pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of chronic constipation are constipation, pain of the anus, stomach bloating, and changes in stool appearance, although you may still have chronic constipation without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with chronic constipation often receive radiographic imaging procedure, hematologic tests, complete blood count, plain x-ray, urinalysis, glucose measurement, kidney function tests and electrolytes panel .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with chronic constipation include polyethylene glycol 3350 (miralax), docusate (colace), magnesium citrate, sodium phosphate / sodium phosphate, monobasic, bisacodyl (the magic bullet), lactulose, glycerin (fleet), psyllium, sennosides, usp (perdiem), mineral oil (stye), guar gum, benzylpenicilloyl polylysine (pre-pen) and lubiprostone (amitiza) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for chronic constipation include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
2.8x
1-4 years
2.0x
5-14 years
2.1x
15-29 years
0.7x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
0.6x
60-74 years
0.7x
75+ years
1.3x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
1.3x
White
0.9x
Other
0.9x
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