What help is available for constipation?

Constipation caused by disease or the side effects of treatment can bring as much discomfort as the illness itself. If you have a serious condition and have been unable to find relief from constipation, please know that—with specialized insight and expertise—this can be managed.

Palliative care specialists understand that one type of medication does not work for all types of constipation. There are many different medicines that can help, but they must be prescribed in the most effective way. Depending upon the patient’s condition and the cause of their constipation, they may prescribe something relatively simple or develop a “cocktail” that combines several ingredients. Also, the same medication can come in several different forms (pill, liquid, granules or suppository) and they know from experience which form is likely to be the most safe and effective.     

Learn more about managing constipation in serious or chronic illness.