How is constipation treated?

  • Drink two to four extra glasses of water a day.
  • Try warm liquids, especially in the morning.
  • Add fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  • Eat prunes and/or bran cereal.
  • Add supplemental fiber to your diet (there are several types, such as Metamucil, Citrucel, and Benefiber).
  • If needed, use a very mild stool softener or laxative (such as colace [docusate] or Milk of Magnesia). Do not use laxatives for more than two weeks without calling your healthcare provider, as laxative overuse can aggravate your symptoms.

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