Several factors may act together and cause constipation. These include inadequate fibre and water intake, a sedentary lifestyle, and environmental changes. Constipation may be aggravated by travel, pregnancy, or change in diet. In some people, repeatedly ignoring the urge to pass motion may result in constipation.
More serious causes of constipation include growths or areas of narrowing in the colon, so it is wise to seek the advice of a doctor when constipation persists. Uncommonly, constipation may be due to a nervous or endocrine disorders, including thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and spinal cord injuries.
Can medication cause constipation?
Yes, many medications, including pain killers, antidepressants, tranquilizers, and other psychiatric medications, blood pressure medication, diuretics, iron supplements, calcium supplements, and aluminum containing antacids can cause or worsen constipation. Do check with your doctor if you have constipation after being started on a new medication.
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