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Feeling trapped by constipation?


What is constipation?

It is a common digestive problem.

It may be hard for you to have a bowel movement, or your bowel movements may not be regular.1

Your stools may be very hard, making them so difficult to pass that you have to strain.

Or you may feel an uncomfortable fullness even after you have had a bowel movement.1

How often should I have a bowel movement?

Not everyone has bowel movements once a day.

It is not true that you must have a daily bowel movement to be considered “regular”.1
A normal range is anywhere between 3 times a day to 3 times a week.

You may be getting constipated if you start having bowel movements much less often than you usually do.1

What are the causes of constipation? 1

constipation_1Older age.
constipation_2Not drinking enough fluids.
constipation_3Not being active enough.
constipation_4Not eating enough fibre.
constipation_5Taking certain medicines (such as Painkillers).
constipation_6Not going to the bathroom when you have the urge to have a bowel movement.
constipation_7Overuse of laxatives.

What do I do if I am constipated?

There are 2 ways to manage constipation effectively:


Non-pharmacologic management: 1

  • Don’t resist or ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.
  • Eat more fibre.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (about eight glasses a day is a good goal). Fluids can include
    water, juices, soup, tea, and other non alcoholic drinks.
  • Exercise often.
  • Limit foods that are high in fat and sugar (such as sweets, cheese,and processed foods).

How can you treat constipation?

Chronic constipation is generally harmless, but it often impairs quality of life.2

Your doctor may prescribe pharmacological treatment to help treat your constipation, such as Duphalac (lactulose).

Lactulose is indicated for the treatment of constipation 3

Particularly when associated with laxative habituation or for those patients in whom constipation presents a special problem,eg children,obstetric and post surgical patients.

abbott1The information herein is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for a healthcare provider’s consultation.

Talk to your doctor if:

• Constipation is new and unusual for you.
• You have constipation for 3 or more weeks.
• You have stomach pain.
• You notice any blood in your stools.
• You lose weight without reason.

Ask for Duphalac the constipation medication that helps you to free yourself


References: 1. Information from Your Family Doctor. Constipation. Am Fam Physician 2010; 82 (12): 1440-1441. 2. Müller-Lissner S. The Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Constipation. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106 (25): 424–432. 3. Duphalac Dry and Syrup package inserts.
S0 Duphalac Syrup® & Duphalac Dry®. Composition: 5ml of Duphalac Syrup contains lactulose 3,3 g. 10 g of Duphalac Dry contains 10 g lactulose. Pharmacological Classification: A. 11.5 Laxatives. Reg.No. K/11.5/180; 28/11.5/0427. Name and business address of license holder: Abbott Laboratories S.A. (Pty) Ltd. Abbott Place, 219 Golf Club Terrace, Constantia Kloof, 1709. Tel: (011) 858 2000. Reg No. 1940/014043/07. For full prescribing information refer to package insert approved by the Medical Regulatory Authority. Date of publication of this promotional material: January 2017. Promotional Material Reference Number: Duphalac – ZAEDULAC160214.

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