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Constipation

Constipation is common and it affects people of all ages. You can usually treat it at home with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.

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Common Symptoms

  • You have not had a poo at least three times in the last week
  • The poo is large, dry, hard or lumpy
  • You are in pain or straining when you have a poo
  • You have stomach ache and feel bloated or sick

Treatment at home

  • Make changes to your diet (drink fluids, avoid alcohol, increase fibre)
  • Improve your toilet routine
  • Consider increasing your activity
  • Get an over the counter laxative (see your pharmacist)

 

When should I book a GP?

  • are not improving with treatment
  • are regularly constipated and it lasts a long time
  • are bloated and it lasts a long time
  • have blood in your poo
  • have unexpectedly lost weight
  • feel very tired all the time
  • are taking medicine that’s causing constipation – such as opioid painkillers
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