For People Living with Cancer Constipation
How can I cope with constipation?
Constipation may be caused by many factors.
These could include using certain medications (e.g. pain medications,
sedatives and antidepressants), eating mostly soft or liquid
foods which are low in fiber, and/or being less physically active.
Try these ideas to help you manage constipation:
It is important to drink at least 8 to
10 glasses of fluid a day. This will help soften your stool.
If you are using medications that have made you constipated, you may need to limit your use of high
fiber foods. These foods can make constipation worse for
some people on medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist
if you think that you medication is making you constipated.
If you are not using medications that cause constipation, try using high fiber foods to help soften your stool. Use High Fiber Foods to help increase the fiber in your diet.
Take a walk if you are up to it. Exercise
helps to ease constipation.
If none of these suggestions works for
you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which medications
may help to ease your constipation.
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or dietitian. Information and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.