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Constipation as a side effect

Constipation is a side effect of many prescription and over-the-counter drugs. These include pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum, antidepressants, tranquilizers and sedatives, iron supplements, and drugs used to treat high blood pressure and seizures. If you are often constipated, ask your doctor or a pharmacist to check your medications. …

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