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Do you still have a nip of alcohol on some evenings?
Are you taking any medications such as strong pain killers or blood pressure tablets?
What about your supplements, in particular iron supplements?
Have there been any significant changes in your level of physical activity recently?
You mentioned that you have taken Metamucil to help with your constipation, but that it is not effective anymore. Have you taken any laxatives to help alleviate the problem?
Did you take the laxatives as recommended by the pharmacist?
Yes, I do. I enjoy a small drop of brandy, port or baileys of an evening. Not every night mind, probably only about three times a week.
Overuse of alcohol can cause dehydration and subsequent constipation.
No, I still just take paracetamol if I have any pain from my arthritis. My blood pressure has never been a problem and Iíve never had trouble with high cholesterol or anything like that.
Some medications, particularly blood pressure medications, opiate pain relievers, antidepressants, antispasmodics and anticonvulsants, can sometimes cause constipation.
No, my iron levels have always been OK. I stopped taking the calcium a while back, but Iím still on the Olive Leaf Extract, Flaxseed Oil and a mixed vitamin and mineral supplement.
Overuse of iron supplementation can cause constipation. Calcium supplementation can also lead to constipation.
No, I still go to the pool three times a week and do my tai chi twice a week. I do my muscle and balance exercises every day.
Inactivity or reduced physical activity can lead to constipation.
I tried them, but when I stopped taking them, the constipation would come back.
Yes, I never took more than it said to on the box, as the pharmacist said it could be bad for me.
Overuse of laxatives over a prolonged period of time can exacerbate constipation.