Is my anti-depressant causing my constipation?
Treatment for constipation includes changing some behaviors, eating foods high in fiber, and using laxatives or enemas if needed. You can try these treatments at home, before seeing a healthcare provider. However, if you do not have a bowel movement within a few days, you should call your healthcare provider for further assistance.
A variety of laxatives are available for treating constipation. The choice between them is based upon how they work, how safe the treatment is, and your healthcare provider's preferences. Bulk forming laxatives include natural fiber and commercial fiber preparations such as Psyllium or Metamucil. You should increase the dose of fiber supplements slowly to prevent gas and cramping, and you should always take the supplement with plenty of fluid ...more