Statistics show that constipation is the most common gastrointestinal problem in the United States, commonly afflicting women, children and adults over 65 years of age. Although an estimated 2 million Americans visit their doctors annually to get help to move their bowels more frequently, more than 4.5 million Americans are suspected to be suffering from this disease. Fortunately for those people who do not visit their doctor, there are many products available in the market that can help them deal with constipation. Here’s a simple guide to buying constipation products:
Determine which treatment option you prefer. Constipation is a fairly easy disease to cure. As most doctors and health literature will tell you, the best way to rid yourself of constipation is to drink more water and eat a lot of dietary fiber found in many fruits and vegetables. Of course, do consider the fact that this treatment option will take some time to take effect.
If you are looking for immediate relief from constipation, then your best option is to use laxatives. These are drugs that induce bowel movement or soften the stool. They can come in liquid, tablet, gum powder, and granule form. Other laxatives are also sold as rectal suppositories. Regardless of the drug delivery form they are in, laxatives are guaranteed to give you quick comfort from the pains of constipation.
Head out to your favorite supermarket. Once you have decided which treatment option you want, make your way to the supermarket. If you decided to go for the natural treatment, head to the fresh produce section and put asparagus, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and carrots in your basket. Your next stop would be the cereals section. Select whole grain and bran cereals.
If laxatives were your chosen treatment option, go straight for the supermarket pharmacy. Laxatives can be bought over the counter so you will not need a doctor’s prescription to get one. Let the pharmacist know that you are constipated so he can help you in buying a laxative. He will be the right guy to advice you whether you should take bulk-forming laxatives, lubricants, stool softeners, saline laxatives, or stimulant laxatives.
Magic Bullet and Bisacodyl suppositories are among the most popular suppositories in the market because they produce the desired effect within minutes of insertion into the rectum. For stool softeners, many go for either Senna Plus, Docusate Calcium, or Diocto Liquid Laxative. Natural Fiber Laxative in powder form is a favorite bulk forming laxative, while Fleet Bisacodl Enema is a favorite for many hospitals.
A word of caution when using laxatives: do not overuse or use for a long period of time. Laxatives can be habit forming and can cause side effects.
Constipation is a gastrointestinal problem that can be easily solved. However, it is much better to avoid developing one. With the right diet and exercise, you need not suffer the pain and discomfort by constipation. Always keep in mind that an ounce of prevention is still better than cure.