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Sue Woodward
British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 21, Iss. 16, 13 Sep 2012, pp 982 - 986

Chronic constipation is a common problem among women, is associated with anxiety and depression and can adversely affect quality of life (Mason et al, 2002). Chronic constipation is often unrelieved by simple laxatives, dietary manipulation or lifestyle modification, with other specialist treatment options being invasive and often not widely available. More recently attention has turned to newer prokinetic agents, such as prucalopride (Resolor®), which increase gut motility and intestinal transit, for the relief of chronic constipation. While these are not effective for everyone, there is evidence that prucalopride can increase bowel frequency, relieve bothersome symptoms associated with constipation and improve quality of life for women who have failed to achieve satisfactory relief from two other laxatives (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

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