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Tip: Constipation Treatments

For most people who feel constipated, diet and exercise may help. But if you still aren’t getting relief, try talking to your doctor about other constipation treatments, such as a laxative. In this video, Dr. Keri Peterson explains how laxatives work and why they may be what you need to get back to your regular bathroom schedule.

Most over the counter laxatives work by moistening the stool in the intestine. These can help when constipation is caused by dry, hard to pass stool. Other over the counter medications stimulate the muscles used to push waste through the body for elimination. However, if neither lifestyle changes nor over the counter medications work, talk to your doctor about prescription drugs for constipation, or any other constipation medication that may work for you.

Dr. Keri Peterson

This video features Dr. Keri Peterson. Dr. Keri Peterson specializes in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She holds appointments at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Duration: 01:10.
Review date: November 06, 2012
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