Chronic constipation in adults

  • Mncengeli Sibanda Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Hannelie (JC) Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Mmaphehli Maponya Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Thulani Motha Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: chronic constipation, adults, pharmacological treatment, dietary modification, behaviour modification, patient education

Abstract

Chronic constipation is a prevalent gastrointestinal motility disorder, which may be primary (idiopathic) or due to secondary causes. Although chronic constipation is not a life-threatening condition, it has negative impact on patients’ daily activities and quality of life. This article examines chronic constipation in adult patients with emphasis on the main causes, diagnosis and treatment options, including the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management. Patient education and counselling to improve treatment outcomes are also discussed.

Author Biographies

Mncengeli Sibanda, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, MPharm, MSc Pharmacology, MBA School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Hannelie (JC) Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, MSc(Med) Pharmacy, PhD (Pharmacy) Associate Professor Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Mmaphehli Maponya, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Thulani Motha, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
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