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Health Tip: Help Manage Constipation

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Many lifestyle factors – such as diet, exercise and fluid intake – are associated with constipation. To help tame the problem, the Cleveland Clinic recommends: Drink two-to-four cups of water daily. Also drink warm liquids, particularly in the morning. Eat plenty of fruit (such as prunes) and vegetables. Eat bran cereals. Take a fiber supplement. Get regular exercise. Use a mild stool softener or laxative, but don't take it for longer than necessary (two weeks maximum). See your doctor if symptoms don't improve within three weeks. Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Constipation in Babies

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A crying, fussing baby has few ways to express what's wrong. But parents piece together clues that point to constipation. The American Academy of Pediatrics says warning signs of constipation in infants include: Excessive fussiness. Spitting up frequently. Significantly fewer bowel movements. Passing hard or bloody stools. Straining to pass a bowel movement for more than 10 minutes. Read more

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U.S. FDA Approves 72 mcg Dose of Linzess (linaclotide) for Adults with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and DUBLIN, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRWD) and Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a 72 mcg dose of Linzess (linaclotide) for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adult patients. The newly approved dose will provide physicians with dosing flexibility based on individual presentation or tolerability, in treating the large and heterogenous population of adult CIC patients. The new dose is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017. Linzess is now FDA-approved in three dosage strengths: 290 mcg for adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), and 145 mcg and a new 72 mcg for the treatment of adults with CIC. Since the launch of Linzess in December of 2012, nearly 1.5 million unique patients have filled ... Read more

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FDA Approves Trulance (plecanatide) for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

January 19, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trulance (plecanatide) for the treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. “No one medication works for all patients suffering from chronic gastrointestinal disorders,” said Julie Beitz, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “With the availability of new therapies, patients and their doctors can select the most appropriate treatment for their condition.” According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 42 million people are affected by constipation. Chronic idiopathic constipation is a diagnosis given to those who experience persistent constipation and for whom there is no structural or biochemical explanation. Trulance, taken orally once daily, works locally in the upper GI tract to stimulate secretion of int ... Read more

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Trulance Approved for Chronic Constipation

Posted 22 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Trulance (plecanatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat persistent constipation of unknown (idiopathic) cause in adults. Some 42 million people in the United States are affected by constipation, according to the National Institutes of Health. Once-daily Trulance is designed to stimulate the upper gastrointestinal tract to secrete fluid and "support regular bowel function," the FDA said in a news release. The oral drug was evaluated in two 12-week clinical studies involving a total of 1,775 adults with chronic constipation. Diarrhea was the most common side effect. If diarrhea becomes severe, users should stop taking Trulance and contact a doctor, the FDA advised. Trulance is produced by New York City-based Synergy Pharmaceuticals. More information Visit the FDA to learn more about this approval. Read more

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Health Tip: Concerned About Constipation?

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Constipation occurs when bowel movements happen infrequently or are difficult to pass. Sometimes, lifestyle changes can curb constipation, but other times the condition signals something more serious. The Cleveland Clinic says to see a doctor if: It isn't "normal" for you to be constipated. You notice any blood in your stools. You lose weight without trying. It becomes very painful to pass a bowel movement. You are constipated for an extended period. Read more

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Constipation, Kidney Disease May Be Linked, New Research Shows

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – People with constipation are more likely to develop kidney disease, a new study finds. The discovery suggests kidney problems might be prevented or treated by managing constipation, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Memphis VA Medical Center. They studied the medical records of 3.5 million U.S. veterans with normal kidney function. They were tracked from 2004 to 2006, and followed through 2013. Those with constipation were 13 percent more likely than patients without constipation to develop chronic kidney disease and 9 percent more likely to experience kidney failure. The risk was even higher for those whose constipation was more severe. The study did not prove that constipation causes kidney disease or failure, however. Instead, "Our findings highlight the plausible link between the gut and the kidneys and ... Read more

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The Scoop About Healthy Poop

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Your bowel movements can offer important clues about your health, a doctor says. If bowel movements feel comfortable, then it's likely all is well, said Dr. Gabriel Neal, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Normal bowel movements are relatively soft but dense. They should be any shade of brown or green," Neal said in a college news release. Viruses and bacteria in the intestinal tract can cause stool discoloration, diarrhea or blood in the stool. The color of the blood can help your doctor pinpoint the location of the infection. "If an infection is in the lower intestines or colon, then the blood in your stool is going to be red. If you find black blood, then the blood has oxidized and is from higher up in your digestive tract, such as the stomach or upper intestines," Neal said. People with gallbladder ... Read more

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Can Acupuncture Ease Severe Constipation?

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – People with severe chronic constipation may get relief from a more modern type of acupuncture, new research suggests. After eight weeks of treatment with electroacupuncture – acupuncture involving electrical stimulation – study participants experienced significant symptom and quality-of-life improvements, the study found. Electroacupuncture uses thin needles inserted beneath the skin that are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. The study findings suggest a safe and effective option for difficult-to-treat patients, several gastroenterologists said. "It is heartening to see such rigorously tested alternative therapies, since so many of them are administered without any evidence to support them," said Dr. Christopher Andrews. He's a clinical associate professor in the gastroenterology division at University of Calgary Cumming School of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Laxatives Have Side Effects

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Laxatives can have unpleasant side effects, especially when overused. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible problems associated with laxative use include: Abdominal cramps or nausea. Gas, diarrhea or bloating. Electrolyte imbalance, which can affect the muscles, nerves and organs. Those most at risk include children and people with kidney disease or diabetes. Muscle weakness or muscle spasms. Fatigue, confusion, headache or vomiting. Read more

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Health Tip: Your Child's Bowel Function

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Every child has different bowel habits, but certain signs may indicate a medical problem. The University of Michigan Health System says parents should visit a doctor if: The child is constipated for longer than a week, or the child's bowel movements are painful and require more than normal pushing. The child has blood in the stool, or has hemorrhoids. The child has a leaking soft stool between bowel movements. The child is vomiting or has a swollen belly. Read more

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Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn. Read more

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Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 – Newly released guidelines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and a type of constipation known as chronic idiopathic constipation reveal a number of proven treatments for these two common conditions. "There's a greater variety of approaches which reflect a greater understanding of the disorders," said guidelines co-author Dr. Eamonn Quigley, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital. "We now have a better opportunity to improve the lives of our patients," Quigley said. The guidelines are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. An estimated 5 percent to 15 percent of the world's population has irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, cramping and bloating, and gas. It can affect people at any age but is ... Read more

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Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 28 – Some treatments are more effective than others for relieving constipation in seniors, according to a new review. And laxatives aren't always enough, researchers say. Constipation is common in seniors and can have serious health consequences and affect quality of life. Excessive straining in frail elderly people can cause them to faint and put them at risk of injury or falling, or restrict blood flow to the heart and brain. Chronic constipation can lead to fecal impaction, a large lump of hard stool that remains stuck in the rectum. Fecal impaction can cause nausea, pain and loss of appetite. "Given the growing proportion of older adults in North America, effective management of constipation by health care professionals will be increasingly necessary," Dr. Dov Gandell, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and colleagues wrote in an article appearing Jan. 28 ... Read more

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Linzess Approved for Irritable Bowel, Chronic Constipation

Posted 30 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 30 – Linzess (linaclotide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat forms of chronic constipation that don't respond to traditional treatment, and irritable bowel syndrome accompanied by constipation, the agency said Thursday in a news release. The National Institutes of Health estimates that some 63 million people are affected by chronic constipation, and about 15.3 million have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the FDA said. Linzess is taken once daily on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first meal. The most frequently noted adverse reaction is diarrhea. The drug's label contains a boxed warning that it shouldn't be taken by people aged 16 or younger, the FDA said. Linzess is produced by Cambridge, Mass.-based Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. More information Medline Plus has more about constipation. Read more

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