Feeling trapped by constipation? Duphalac is here to help

06 October 2017
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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? *

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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