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Medicines That May Cause Constipation

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PRIMARY USE

Relieve heartburn

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Brands containing aluminum, calcium

BRAND EXAMPLES

Gaviscon®, Amphojel®

PRIMARY USE

Control epilepsy and other seizure disorders

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Phenytoin, valproic acid, carbamazepine

BRAND EXAMPLES

Dilantin®, Depakote®, Tergitol®

PRIMARY USE

Lower blood pressure

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Diltiazem, nifedipine, clonidine hydrochloride

BRAND EXAMPLES

Cardizem®, Procardia®, Catapres®

PRIMARY USE

Relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Levodopa, carbidopa

BRAND EXAMPLES

Sinemet®, Stalevo®

PRIMARY USE

Treat symptoms of psychosis

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Haloperidol, clozapine, risperidone

BRAND EXAMPLES

Haldol®, Clozaril®, Risperdal®

PRIMARY USE

Decrease intestinal cramps, control overactive bladder

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Propantheline, dicyclomine, oxybutynin, tolterodine

BRAND EXAMPLES

Pro-Banthine®, Benthyl®, Ditropan®, Detrol®

PRIMARY USE

Reduce cholesterol

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Cholestyramine, colestipol

BRAND EXAMPLES

Questran®, Colestipol®

PRIMARY USE

Supplement dietary calcium

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Calcium citrate, calcium carbonate

BRAND EXAMPLES

Caltrate®, Phoscal®

PRIMARY USE

Treat cancer

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Vinca alkaloids, alkylating agents, others

BRAND EXAMPLES

Oncovin®, Paraplatin®

PRIMARY USE

Lower blood pressure, promote excretion of water

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide

BRAND EXAMPLES

Lasix®, Aldactazide®, Aldoril®, HydroDIURIL®, Dyazide®

PRIMARY USE

Iron deficiency anemia

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Ferrous fumerate, Ferrous gluconate, Ferrous sulfate

BRAND EXAMPLES

Femiron®, Fergon®, Feosol®, Slow Fe®

PRIMARY USE

Relieve pain

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Morphine, codeine, oxycodone

BRAND EXAMPLES

MS Contin®, Tylenol®, with Codeine, Percocet®, OxyContin®

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The #1 GI recommended laxative [2] Use as directed for occasional constipation.