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Treatment of Constipation

Initially, the symptoms of constipation are treated with increases in fluid intake and dietary fiber. If a doctor determines that constipation is the result of the low muscle tone, some medications may be prescribed.

Laxatives may help if constipation is caused by temporary conditions, such as changes in the diet. However, if constipation is caused by an obstruction, stimulant laxatives may actually do more harm that good: the obstruction will not go away, but the symptoms of constipation may actually increase.

Enemas are usually performed in a hospital setting for cases of severe constipation that is resistant to methods listed above. However, in dangerous cases of bowel obstruction or in situations when the compacted matter is not removable by other means, a surgery may be required to physically remove a swallowed object or compacted fecal matter which cause the obstruction.

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