CONSTIPATION TREATMENT OPTIONS

TYPES OF TREATMENTS & WHEN TO CONSIDER A PRESCRIPTION

CONSTIPATION TREATMENT OPTIONS

TYPES OF TREATMENTS & WHEN TO CONSIDER A PRESCRIPTION

When you’re experiencing constipation, your initial reaction might be to grab an over-the-counter treatment from the pharmacy aisle. But if your symptoms keep coming back and you don’t know why, it could be a chronic medical condition—and you may want to consider a daily prescription treatment.

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OVER-THE-COUNTER TREATMENTS

Over-the-counter medications for occasional constipation may include:

  • Laxatives (like MiraLax®, Phillips’® Milk of Magnesia, or Dulcolax®)
  • Fiber products (such as Metamucil®)
  • Stool softeners (like Colace®)

These treatments may provide relief for occasional constipation, but should not be taken for longer than 1 week unless directed by a doctor.

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PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

If you have more than occasional constipation, talk to a doctor about prescription options, like LINZESS.

LINZESS is a once-daily prescription treatment for adults with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) or Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC). It helps you have more frequent and complete bowel movements and helps relieve belly pain and overall abdominal symptoms* (pain, discomfort, and bloating) associated with IBS-C.

*Abdominal symptoms were studied in combination, not individually.

After about a week of being on LINZESS, my bowel movements became more regular…and then my pain started to subside.”

Nan, 54

Prescribed LINZESS for IBS-C

COULD IT BE MORE THAN OCCASIONAL CONSTIPATION?

Answer 5 quick questions to learn more about symptoms of IBS-C and how LINZESS may help.

Icon of a stomach twisted like a towel to represent belly pain due to IBS-C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation).