Who suffers - elderly

Older people are those most commonly treated for constipation. While experts believe constipation needn’t be a natural effect of ageing, a general reduction in food and fluid intake, limited exercise and increased use of medications may be some of the reasons why older people are commonly constipated.

For elderly people who have movement difficulties, trouble communicating, or who have moved into new surroundings (such as a nursing or care facility) there may be a tendency to deliberately “hold on” rather than respond to the natural urge to have a bowel movement. Over time, repeatedly ignoring the urge to go to the toilet can cause problems with constipation.

Exacerbating the problem can be the medications used to treat issues common in older age, some of which can have constipation as a side effect. Older patients should let their doctor know if they begin to suffer constipation, as there may be alternative medications that won’t cause constipation.

A doctor should be consulted immediately if blood is found in a stool, or there is sudden weight loss or vomiting, as these could be signs of a more serious underlying condition.

 

FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ONLY

You are about to enter the healthcare professionals ONLY site. By clicking YES you confirm that you are a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional practising in Australia.

YES - I am a healthcare professional, please proceed NO - Please return me to the public site

NOTICE: You are leaving our website

MOVICOL® does not have any links with these third parties.

Any information provided by this source should be discussed with your healthcare professional and does not replace their advice.

We are providing links to third-party websites solely as a convenience to you, because we believe that these websites may provide useful content.

We are not, by referring or linking to the third party website, incorporating its contents into our own website. We do not endorse or guarantee and (to the maximum extent permitted by law) we disclaim any responsibility for: the content, products or services offered on these websites, their performance or interaction with your computer, their security and privacy policies and practices, and any consequences that may result from visiting these websites. These third-party sites may have their own privacy policies. You should review the privacy policy of any website before you provide personal or confidential information.

By clicking to continue, you acknowledge and agree to everything we say above.

You are now leaving our website.