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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

increased occasional constipation, since they started taking their medication.

Further, sufferers experience this problem an average of seven times per month, with a majority of respondents experiencing occasional constipation once a week or more (58%).

You're Not Alone

The vast majority of survey respondents (86%) agreed that occasional constipation can be a significant side effect of taking certain prescription medicines, with particularly high agreement among people who reported suffering from this problem (96%).

You Have Options

According to the survey, 86% of sufferers have taken some sort of action to relieve their occasional constipation. Specifically, they have increased their water consumption (74%), increased their fiber intake (72%), or taken stool softeners (67%).

"Healthy eating habits and physical activity can be the best ways to prevent occasional constipation," says Morelli. "For consumers taking medications that can cause occasional constipation, a laxative that contains a stool-softener, such as Senokot-S® Tablets, can be an appropriate choice to treat the irregularity and the stool-hardening effects of some medications. If constipation lasts for more than seven days, speak to your doctor."

"We commissioned this survey as part of our ongoing initiatives to provide healthcare professionals and consumers information about the importance of recognizing and relieving occasional constipation," explains Charlene Bailey, Director, Product Management, Purdue Products L.P. "With a majority of the consumers polled saying that occasional constipation is embarrassing to discuss, and one-third of sufferers saying they have not discussed their occasional constipation with their healthcare provider, we will continue to get the word out about the treatment options available."

"With more than four million Americans suffering from issues with occasional constipation(3) ,
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