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What Common Medications Cause Constipation? | Ask the Expert
<a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/digestive_health/constipation.page">Constipation</a> is fairly common affliction affecting an estimated 24-50 percent of older adults. The most common medications that may cause constipation are:<ul><li>Narcotic pain medications (e.g Vicodin)</li><li>Iron supplements</li><li>Antacids that contain calcium (e.g. Maalox) or aluminum (e.g. Mylanta)</li><li>Overuse of over-the-counter laxatives (e.g. Metamucil)</li><li>Some anti-depressants (e.g. Zoloft)</li><li>Calcium channel blocker medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease (e.g. nifedipine)</li><li>Some diuretic medications (e.g. chlorthalidone)</li><li>Medications used to treat Parkinson's disease (e.g. Sinemet)</li></ul> And, yes, constipation is listed as part of the side effect profile of ibuprofen. <strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/nutrition/fiber.page">How to Get More Fiber Into Your Diet</a> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/digestive_health/constipation.page">Constipation 101</a> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/digestive_health/digestive_overview.page">Digestive Health articles, videos, and other resources</a>
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What common medications cause constipation? It seems that ibuprofen affects me.

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Modern Weng, DOModern Weng, DOInternal MedicinePalo Alto Medical Foundation
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Modern Weng, DOInternal MedicinePalo Alto Medical Foundation

Dr. Weng's professional interests include sports medicine (including pediatric sports medicine), asthma, and diabetes.

Constipation is fairly common affliction affecting an estimated 24-50 percent of older adults.

The most common medications that may cause constipation are:

  • Narcotic pain medications (e.g Vicodin)
  • Iron supplements
  • Antacids that contain calcium (e.g. Maalox) or aluminum (e.g. Mylanta)
  • Overuse of over-the-counter laxatives (e.g. Metamucil)
  • Some anti-depressants (e.g. Zoloft)
  • Calcium channel blocker medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease (e.g. nifedipine)
  • Some diuretic medications (e.g. chlorthalidone)
  • Medications used to treat Parkinson's disease (e.g. Sinemet)

And, yes, constipation is listed as part of the side effect profile of ibuprofen.

Read more:
How to Get More Fiber Into Your Diet
Constipation 101
Digestive Health articles, videos, and other resources

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