Lifestyle and dietary changes are usually recommended as initial treatment for constipation. This includes a gradual increase of daily fibre intake, drinking plenty of fluids and exercising.

High fibre foods include:

  • Wholegrain breakfast cereals, whole-wheat pasta, wholegrain bread and oats, barley and rye
  • Fruit such as berries, pears, melon and oranges
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, potatoes and sweetcorn
  • Peas, beans and pulses

Oral laxative medications such as bisacodyl (Dulcolax), senna (Senokot) and isphagula husk (Fybogel) are also available to provide relief from constipation. Laxatives are available from the pharmacy.

Constipation is usually self-limiting and the above points can ensure a return to normal bowel movements.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Aug 11, 2021 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Aug 11, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm