oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Chronic laxative use in the elderly : gastrointestinal tract

Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



Although constipation is not a consequence of normal ageing, elderly patients often complain about it. This may be as a result of primary constipation, it may be caused by medicines, or it may be a secondary consequence of other medical conditions.

Reduced physical activity and avoidance of high-fibre foods due to poor natural teeth, or false teeth that result in chewing difficulties, further contribute to a higher incidence of constipation in the elderly.

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