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Laxatives

Agents that produce a soft formed stool, and relax and loosen the bowels, typically used over a protracted period, to relieve CONSTIPATION. [from MeSH]

MedGen UID:
79379
Concept ID:
C0282090
Pharmacologic Substance
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Constipation

Constipation means that a person has three or fewer bowel movements in a week. The stool can be hard and dry. Sometimes it is painful to pass. At one time or another, almost everyone gets constipated. In most cases, it lasts a short time and is not serious. . There are many things you can do to prevent constipation. They include - Eating more fruits, vegetables and grains, which are high in fiber. - Drinking plenty of water and other liquids. - Getting enough exercise. - Taking time to have a bowel movement when you need to. - Using laxatives only if your doctor says you should. - Asking your doctor if medicines you take may cause constipation. . It's not important that you have a bowel movement every day. If your bowel habits change, however, check with your doctor. . NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.  [from MedlinePlus]

MedGen UID:
1101
Concept ID:
C0009806
Sign or Symptom
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Chronic

Slow, creeping onset, slow progress and long continuance of disease manifestations. [from HPO]

MedGen UID:
104657
Concept ID:
C0205191
Temporal Concept
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Chronic constipation

Constipation for longer than three months with fewer than 3 bowel movements per week, straining, lumpy or hard stools, and a sensation of anorectal obstruction or incomplete defecation. [from HPO]

MedGen UID:
98325
Concept ID:
C0401149
Sign or Symptom
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