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Constipation Causing Drugs Mnemonic: CONSTIPAtion”

What is constipation

Constipation is a condition in which you may have:

  • fewer than three bowel movements a week
  • stools that are hard, dry, or lumpy
  • stools that are difficult or painful to pass
  • a feeling that not all stool has passed

However, people can have different bowel movement patterns, and only you know what’s normal for you.

Constipation is not a disease, but may be a symptom of another medical problem. Constipation may last for a short or long time.

In this blog we have given an easy way to remember the drugs that can cause constipation.

Constipation causing drugs mnemonic:

Here is the Mnemonic – “CONSTIPAtion”

C = Calcium channel blockers

O= Opiates

N = gaNglion blockers

S = Sulphate barium

T = TCA & Thalidomide

I = Ion exchange resins

P = Phenothiazines

A = Aluminium hydroxide

This mnemonic will help you to remember the drugs causing constipation.

Constipation causing drugs

Other causes of constipation:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Ignoring bowel syndrome
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Not enough fiber in the diet
  • Not enough liquids
  • Problems with intestinal function due to colon cancer, rectal cancer, rectocele, etc.
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Neurological problems that can damage the nerves involved in contraction and movement of stools through the intestines
  • Changes in habits or lifestyle, such as travel, pregnancy and old age.
  • Weekend pelvic muscles
  • Some metabolic conditions like Hyperparathyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes

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