Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause
constipation. Examples include:
blood pressure medicines.
- Cold medicines
- Calcium and iron
- Narcotic pain medicines.
If you think that the constipation is caused by a medicine:
- For prescription medicines, call the doctor who prescribed it to see whether you or your child should stop taking the
medicine or take a different one. An appointment may not be
- For nonprescription medicines, stop using the medicine.
Call your doctor if you feel that you or your child still needs to take the
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