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Adding "Insult to Injury" - Occasional Constipation Can Be a Troubling Side Effect for Baby Boomers Taking Medication for Pain, Heartburn, Depression and More
Date:10/19/2011

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Many of this country's 80 million Baby Boomers(1) who take medications for conditions such as pain, high cholesterol, hypertension and even depression, are not aware that some of those medications could lead them to seek relief from something they didn't bargain for...occasional constipation.

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A new nationwide survey of 1,150 men and women age 50 or older taking medications for common medical conditions(2), shows that about one-third of respondents (35%) who were advised about possible side effects of their medications were told about occasional constipation. The survey, conducted by Purdue Products, maker of the Senokot® family of laxatives, also revealed that only 16% of those polled were aware that occasional constipation could be a possible side effect of their medications prior to talking to a healthcare provider. Nine out of ten respondents (90%) who reported occasional constipation while taking their medication found this problem frustrating.

According to pharmacist Jim Morelli, RPh, "of all the side effects that consumers often expect, occasional constipation can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Constipation can be a side effect of many common medications. We as healthcare providers need to do a better job of alerting consumers about the range of potential side effects."

In fact, a vast majority (92%) of the survey respondents said that healthcare providers should provide more information about side effects such as occasional constipation, with particularly high agreement among people who reported suffering from occasional constipation (96%).

Impact of Occasional Constipation

Occasional constipation was the side effect experienced most by survey respondents, with nearly one in five (17%) reporting they experienced
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