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Medications for Constipation, Chronic

About Constipation, Chronic

Chronic Constipation is a long term condition in which bowel movements are infrequent or incomplete.

Drugs used to treat Constipation, Chronic

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Linzess 6.7 423 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: linaclotide systemic

Drug class: guanylate cyclase-C agonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

lactulose 7.7 62 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Brand names:  Generlac, Enulose, Kristalose

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Amitiza 6.1 140 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: lubiprostone systemic

Drug class: chloride channel activators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Generlac 10 4 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Enulose 3.0 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

linaclotide 6.8 441 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: linaclotide systemic

Brand name:  Linzess

Drug class: guanylate cyclase-C agonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Relistor 4.5 5 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: methylnaltrexone systemic

Drug class: peripheral opioid receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

GoLYTELY 7.8 5 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes 8.3 16 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Brand names:  GoLYTELY, MoviPrep, GaviLyte-N, PEG-3350 with Electolytes, Colyte, GaviLyte-C, GaviLyte-G, NuLYTELY, TriLyte …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

lubiprostone 6.1 145 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: lubiprostone systemic

Brand name:  Amitiza

Drug class: chloride channel activators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

colchicine Off-label Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: colchicine systemic

Drug class: antigout agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Kristalose Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: lactulose systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Movantik 1.0 5 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: naloxegol systemic

Drug class: peripheral opioid receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

MoviPrep 9.3 3 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

methylnaltrexone 4.5 5 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: methylnaltrexone systemic

Brand name:  Relistor

Drug class: peripheral opioid receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

tegaserod Off-label 9.9 11 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: tegaserod systemic

Drug class: serotoninergic neuroenteric modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Off-label: Yes

GaviLyte-N 8.0 2 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

PEG-3350 with Electolytes Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Colyte Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

GaviLyte-C Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

GaviLyte-G 7.3 3 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

naloxegol 1.0 5 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: naloxegol systemic

Brand name:  Movantik

Drug class: peripheral opioid receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

NuLYTELY Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

TriLyte Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Alternative treatments for Constipation, Chronic

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Constipation, Chronic. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Constipation, Chronic.

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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