Feeling trapped by constipation? Duphalac is here to help

By DRUM Digital
08 October 2017

How can you treat constipation?


The information below is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for a health care provider’s consultation. What is constipation? *

It’s a common digestive problem. It might be difficult for you to have a bowel movement, or your bowel movements might not be regular. Your stools might be hard, making them so difficult to pass that you have to strain. Or you might feel an uncomfortable fullness even after you’ve had a bowel movement.

How often should I have a bowel movement?

Not everyone has bowel movements once a day. It isn’t true that you must have a daily bowel movement to be considered “regular”.*

A normal range is anywhere between three times a day and three times a week. You might be getting constipated if you start having bowel movements much less often than you usually do.*

Chronic constipation is generally harmless but often impairs qualify of life.** Your doctor might prescribe medication to help treat your constipation, such as Duphalac (lactulose). Lactulose helps in the treatment of constipation. It’s given particularly to patients for whom constipation presents a special problem, for example, children, pregnant women and post-surgical patients.***

Talk to your doctor if: *

• Constipation is new and unusual for you. • You’re constipated for three or more weeks. • You have stomach pain. • You notice blood in your stools. • You lose weight without reason. What are the causes of constipation? *

• Older age.

• Not drinking enough fluids.

• Not being active enough.

• Not eating enough fibre.

• Taking certain medicines (such as painkillers). • Not going to the bathroom when you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. • Overuse of laxatives. What do I do if I’m constipated?

  • Constipation can be managed (with medication such as Duphalac). ***

  • 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) such as water, juices, soup, tea and other non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Exercise often.
  • Limit foods high in fat and sugar (such as sweets, cheese, and processed foods).
  • References:

    *. Information From Your Family Doctor. Constipation. Am Fam Physician 2010; 82(12): 1440-1441.

    **. Müller-Lissner S. The Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, And Treatment Of Constipation. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106 (25): 424-432.

    ***. 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: October 2017.

    Promotional Material Reference Number: Duphalac - ZAEDULAC170162


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