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Common Questions about Constipation: Myths and Misconceptions

Is there a danger from constipation that stool can remain for too long a time period in the colon? Can this cause other disease?

Can changes in hormones cause constipation?

Is constipation caused by low intake of fiber or fluid?

Is the long-term use of stimulant laxatives for constipation unhealthy or unsafe? Are stimulant laxatives habit forming?

This article addresses various myths and misconceptions about constipation and its treatment. Though most of these issues are well understood by the medical practice community, they persist among the general public and are still promoted by those who are uninformed.

 

Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet

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