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Constipation: Treatments & Complications

Most people who are mildly constipated do not need laxatives. However, for those who have made diet and lifestyle changes and are still onstipated, they can take laxatives for a limited period. A doctor should determine when a patient needs a laxative and which form is best.  Different laxative groups are: • Bulk-forming laxatives generally are considered the safest but can  interfere with absorption of some medicines. These laxatives are to be taken with water. They absorb water and make the... 

Belching: medications & diagnosis

Medications •  Simethicone. It is used for belching. It is available either alone or as a component of many antacids. It works by combining together the gas bubbles so they are more easily burped away. •  Activated charcoal. It is used for lower intestinal gas products. It can result in black stools and constipation. •  Lactase. There are a number of products in the market designed to aid in lactose digestion. Lactase is available in pill and liquid form. It is either added to dairy products... 

Gallstones Formation

The gall bladder is a hollow, pear-shaped organ. It is located in the right upper part of the abdomen, just beneath the liver.   The function of the gall bladder is to store bile which is made by the liver. Bile is a digestive juice that helps the body digest fats. Bile flows from the liver into the gall bladder, where it is stored. During a meal, the gall bladder contracts and squeezes bile into the intestine.  

Constipation causes and medications

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints. It is a complaint of the patient and not a disease. Constipation has different meanings to different individuals. Most commonly, it refers to infrequent bowel movements, but it may also refer to a decrease in the volume or weight of stool, the need to strain to have a bowel movement, a sense of incomplete evacuation, or the need for enemas,  suppositories or laxatives in order to maintain regularity of bowel movement.  

The most common causes of constipation

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some people with IBS, also known as spastic colon, have spasms in the colon that affect bowel movements. Constipation and diarrhoea often alternate. Pregnancy. During pregnancy constipation can occur because of hormonal changes or because of compression of the intestine by the uterus.  Aging may also affect bowel regularity because slower  metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone.  Changes in life or routine. People often become constipated...