Constipation is a common digestive issue characterised by infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in passing stools.
It may be chronic or occasional and can lead to discomfort, abdominal pain, and bloating.
Constipation can be caused by a variety of factors including:
Symptoms of constipation include:
Constipation affects around 16% of adults globally and 33% of adults over the age of 60.
In Australia, around 15-20% of the population may experience constipation at any given time.
De-prescribing for constipation often revolves around encouraging non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as dietary and lifestyle changes.
Managing constipation often involves understanding the underlying causes and addressing them with both dietary and lifestyle changes. Effective de-prescribing programs can help patients transition away from reliance on medications, with appropriate guidance and personalised care.