Medicines we take to solve another problem can sometimes cause constipation.

Constipation is a common side effect of medication that affects the nervous system. The explanation is simple: the movement that allows you to pass stools is controlled by nerves that line the colon, which are sensitive to some medications.

Do you take one of these medications? It could explain why you have constipation.

If you're having problems with constipation, and you think it might be because of your medication, make an appointment to see your doctor or speak to a healthcare professional. They can give you advice and might be able to change your medication.

You should never alter prescribed medications without talking it through with a healthcare professional first.

It’s also worth having a close look at your lifestyle to see if there’s anything you can try which might help. For some ideas, visit our lifestyle tips and advice section.

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