Get the Facts about Constipation

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Healthy Eating

Vegetable Chicken Stir-Fry

This simple meal is high in fiber and low in sugar and saturated fats. The vegetables are not overly fibrous and are considered to be neutralizing for the digestive system. The ginger works as a digestive aid as well. To make a vegetarian version, omit the chicken and add the vegetables directly to the olive oil, garlic, and ginger, then add 1 cup of shelled edamame soybeans (total stir-fry time should not exceed 10 minutes with the soybeans). Serves 6.
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Myth or Fact

Constipation is an old person’s condition.

Medications Causing Constipation

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More than 150 prescriptions and many commonly used over-the-counter medications can cause occasional constipation. These can include certain antacids, antidepressants, cold medicines and pain relievers, as well as medications used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular conditions.

Use the guide below to better acquaint yourself with examples of medications typically associated with constipation. And, remember to always speak to your doctor about any medications or treatments you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Category Generic Name
Antidepressants/
 Antianxiety
  • Amitriptyline
  • Doxepin HCI
Antihypertensives
  • Clonidine
  • Clonidine/Chlorthalidone
Anti-Parkinson's Agents
  • Bromocriptine
Cholesterol-Lowering Agents
  • Cholestyramine
Duodenal Ulcer
  • Sucralfate
Iron Supplements
  • Ferrous gluconate
  • Ferrous sulfate
Opioid-Containing Cough Medicines
  • Hydrocodone bitartrate, Chlorpheniramine polistirex
  • Hydrocodone tartrate, Homatropine methylbromide
Pain Medications
  • Codeine
  • Buprenorphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Meperidine
  • Methadone
  • Morphine sulfate
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Tramadol
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