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From this module you will learn:
  • The reasons why constipation occurs
  • How to help patients avoid this condition
  • How to distinguish constipation from similar conditions
  • What medical treatments are available

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Constipation is a complaint we regularly come across in pharmacies. It affects a third of children and one in seven adults, with pregnant women and the elderly being especially prone. This module looks at how to deal with complaints of constipation over the counter (OTC), as this is often when patients will ask for advice.

What is constipation?

Patients may think they are suffering from constipation when they are not. This can lead to the inappropriate use of laxatives. It is important to explain to

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