Constipation

Constipation is characterised by bowel movements that are infrequent or difficult to pass. Constipation can vary greatly,...

Although it is the subject of many jokes, there is nothing funny about constipation. It is uncomfortable, can leave you feeling miserable, and in certain cases can even be dangerous. If you’re suffering from constipation, don’t be shy. Our friendly and discreet pharmacists know how distressing constipation can be, and can help you find the right treatment.

Have a read below to find out more about constipation.

What is constipation?
Constipation is characterised by bowel movements that are infrequent or difficult to pass. Constipation can vary greatly, most people only experience constipation for a brief period of time - with complications and long-term health problems very unlikely to occur. The number of bowel movements generally decreases with age, most adults have one bowel movement a day but this pattern varies greatly.

What causes constipation?
Constipation is a very common condition that most people become familiar with at some time in their lives. Constipation has several causes including;

  • Many medications including antidepressants, antipsychotics and iron supplements and laxatives.
  • Not eating enough fibre such as vegetables and fruit.
  • Not drinking enough fluids.
  • Ignoring the urge to pass stools.
  • Immobility or lack of exercise.
  • Anxiety or stress

What relieves constipation?
Thankfully most constipation can be treated by making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.

  • Increase your water intake by two to three glasses a day
  • Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables over time
  • Exercise at least three times a week
  • Never ignore the urge to go to the toilet

If these changes do not help, you can try over the counter medications such as;

  • Stool softeners – these help draw water into the bowel, softening and bulking stool and making it easier to pass.
  • Laxatives – these speed up the movement of your bowels by stimulating the nerves that control the muscles lining your digestive tract.
  • Suppositories or enemas – these are inserted up the back passage and may contain lubricating and stimulating agents, which will help the passage of hard, impacted stool.

Have a private chat with your local CarePlus Pharmacist to find out which treatment is best for you.



Special Offers

BEST BUYS
SAVE 33%
NIQUITIN
NIQUITIN
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
TREAT YOURSELF
PERFECT GIFT
SOSU BY SUZANNE JACKSON
SOSU BY SUZANNE JACKSON
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
BEST BUYS
SAVE 25%
COMPEED
COMPEED
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
BEST BUYS
SAVE 33%
CORSODYL Daily Aniseed Mouthwash 300ML
CORSODYL Daily Aniseed Mouthwash 300ML
WAS €5.95 NOW €3.95
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
BEST BUYS
SAVE 33%
SENSODYNE Rapid Relief 75 ML
SENSODYNE Rapid Relief 75 ML
WAS €4.65 NOW €3.10
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 33%
VITABIOTICS Perfectil
VITABIOTICS Perfectil
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 33%
COMVITA
COMVITA
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
TREAT YOURSELF
HALF PRICE
NIVEA PROFESSIONAL
NIVEA PROFESSIONAL
Across the range
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
TREAT YOURSELF
NEW LAUNCH
SCULPTED By Aimee
SCULPTED By Aimee
4 in 1 Lip Quad
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
BEST BUYS
EXCLUSIVE TO CAREPLUS
STELATOPIA
STELATOPIA
Pyjama 6 - 12 / 12 - 24 Months
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
BETTER THAN HALF PRICE
HALF PRICE
COLGATE
COLGATE
Max White Range
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
BEST BUYS
SAVE 33%
VEET
VEET
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 33%
SCHOLL
SCHOLL
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 25%
FLORADIX
FLORADIX
Liquid 250 ML / 500 ML
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 33%
NATURE'S BOUNTY
NATURE'S BOUNTY
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 33%
UDO'S CHOICE
UDO'S CHOICE
Selected range only
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 33%
BETTER YOU
BETTER YOU
Iron Spray 25 ML
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
BETTER THAN HALF PRICE
HALF PRICE
O.R.S
O.R.S
Blackcurrant / Lemon 24's
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
HALF PRICE
BEROCCA Mango 30's
BEROCCA Mango 30's
WAS €13.35 NOW €6.65
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd
FEEL GOOD
SAVE 33%
ACTIVE IRON
ACTIVE IRON
Capsules 30's
Valid Dec 5th - Jan 2nd