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Constipation Treatments

We stock a range of safe and effective aids to constipation, with no prescription needed and free delivery on orders of over £40. Get your medication quickly and securely right to your doorstep with our discreet services.

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Which constipation medication is best for me?


The constipation aids we sell are a mix of antispasmodic medication to help the muscles of your gut relax, herbal treatments that have a similar effect on your body to help you have easier bowel movements, and sachets of electrolytes and epsom salts to gently help your body stay hydrated and regulate its bowel movements. 

Depending on whether you’re looking to treat occasional, mild constipation or something a little more severe, we have something that will work for you.

 

Medication name

Senna

Ispaghula husk

Magnesium sulphate

Peppermint oil

Sodium chloride

Mebeverine hydrochloride

Most popular brand

Senokot

Fybogel

Andrews Salts

Colpermin

Dioralyte

Colofac IBS

Type of medicine

Tablet

Sachets of flavoured granules

Salts (take spoonful mixed into water)

Tablet

Sachets of flavoured granules

Tablet

This medicine is best for treating

Moderate-severe constipation

Mild-moderate constipation

Moderate-severe constipation

Mild constipation

Mild constipation

Moderate-severe constipation

When should I take it?

Before bedtime

After a meal or snack

Before breakfast or at bedtime

Around 1 hour before meals

When symptoms start

20 minutes before a meal

How long does it take to work?

8-12 hours

2 or 3 days

Between 30 minutes and 6 hours

Up to 1 to 2 weeks when taken 3 times a day

3-4 hours

1 hour

Are there any common side effects? (I.e., affecting more than 1 in 100 patients)

Yes—stomach cramps, diarrhoea. Your pee may also turn a red-brown colour while taking senna, this is normal

Yes—wind, bloating.

Yes—nausea, cramping, boating, gas, diarrhoea

Yes—heartburn and indigestion, itching or irritation around your anus

No common side effects

No common side effects

Can you take the medicine while pregnant/breastfeeding?

May not be suitable

Yes

Consult your doctor before taking

Not recommended in pregnancy. Usually safe to use while breastfeeding

Yes

Not recommended in pregnancy. Usually safe to use while breastfeeding.

Do you need a prescription?

No

No

No

No

No

No, but can also be prescribed

 


Constipation

 


Occasional constipation is very common and can affect people of all ages. It can usually be treated at home with simple diet and lifestyle changes or medication available without prescription. Some people may suffer from chronic constipation—if this is the case for you, it may be worth speaking to your doctor about.


How do I know if I’m constipated?


Depending on your diet and lifestyle, you may be more prone to constipation. If you haven’t been able to pass stool for three or more days, it’s probably worth adding more fibre to your diet or taking medication to help your bowels.

You might also be constipated if your stools are very hard or if they are causing you discomfort or straining to pass them.


What causes constipation?


Sometimes there may be no obvious cause for constipation, and there are many different things that can cause it.

The most common causes of constipation include:

  • Not eating enough fibre
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not moving around enough, being less active or spending long periods sitting or lying down
  • Ignoring the urge to use the toilet
  • Sudden changes in your diet or daily activities
  • A side effect of certain medicines
  • Stress, anxiety and depression

Constipation is also common during pregnancy and for 6 weeks after giving birth.


When should I talk to my doctor about constipation?


Usually you won’t need to talk to your GP about being constipated, but if any of the following apply to you then it might be beneficial to seek help:

  • If you are not improving with treatment (laxatives or diet/lifestyle changes)
  • If you have blood in your poo
  • If you are regularly constipated for a long time
  • If you feel very tired all the time
  • If you have lost weight very suddenly