064 What to Know About Constipation and Laxatives

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In This Episode:

Dr. K explains how older adults and families can prevent and manage constipation, including how to safely and effectively use over-the-counter laxatives. She covers:

  • What exactly does it mean to be constipated, and why is it more common with aging
  • The most common causes of constipation, and which “red flag” signs shouldn’t be ignored
  • Medications that often make constipation worse
  • How constipation should be evaluated and treated
  • The laxative myth you shouldn’t believe
  • 3 types of over-the-counter laxative that work, and the one that doesn’t
  • Why she often recommends prunes
  • What to do if you’re concerned about constipation for yourself or someone else

Related episode:

046 Interview: Deprescribing & Reducing Risky Medications in Aging

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