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.
Around 15-20% of Australians may experience constipation at any one time.
Constipation can be caused by a variety of factors including:
Symptoms of constipation include:
In Australia and around the world:
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 personalized care.