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How to help constipation?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Constipation is a common condition where it becomes difficult to poo. This can make you feel uncomfortable and bloated, and can sometimes cause abdominal pain or cramping.

It might also affect your appetite and energy levels, leaving you feeling sluggish throughout the day.

If you think you might have constipation, don’t wait to see your doctor. Book an online consultation with a pharmacist to get the care and treatment you need.

How to relieve constipation

If you’re currently experiencing constipation and you need help relieving your symptoms, try following the tips in this guide:

  • Eat fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (beans and peas)
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t hold your poo in – go when you need to go
  • Establish a bathroom routine (try to go to the bathroom roughly at the same time every day)
  • Speak with your pharmacist if you think your medication is causing your constipation
  • Use an over-the-counter laxative like Laxido

Frequently asked questions about constipation

How to relieve constipation on the toilet immediately?

If you need instant relief from constipation, consider using an over-the-counter laxative like Laxido. 

How to get rid of constipation?

To get rid of constipation, increase fibre intake, hydrate, exercise, and consider using a laxative carefully.

What helps with constipation?

Constipation can be relieved by eating fibre-rich foods, staying hydrated, and exercising regularly.

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The conditions covered by Pharmacy First are:

Video consultations & advice are free of charge. If you pay for prescriptions you will be charged the prescription rate of £9.65 per prescription item.