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Common Medications that Can Leave You Constipated

Medication is meant for one simple thing, although it does it in a complex way, and that is to treat an ailment. However, when the medication we take for such treatment also comes with some unwanted side effects, it often leaves the person wondering which was worse, the poison or the cure? And while the list of potential side effects associated with medication is long, varied, and interesting in its own right, today we are choosing to look at one of the worst – constipation.

Actually, we should make a slight correction, or rather; we are going to take a look at some of the medications that could potentially be responsible for your constipation. Who knows, if it gets bad enough, you may be wondering if it’s all worthwhile.

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Included in this list are such bathroom staples as Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen, and naproxen. The problem with these is that they are considered so mild that they are often used on a daily basis, which in turn, can do a number on your ability to ‘go’.


Before you think to yourself “I have no idea what these are,” just remember that anytime you mouth goes dry as a result of medication, it is this types. Some examples include allergy medications like Allegra and Benadryl, antidepressants, and medications used for urinary tract infections.


These you are likely familiar with are often taken as a response to allergies. Whether you get the ones over the counter or your doctor prescribes your stronger ones, the truth is that these ones can really do a number on stopping you up.


This is a very broad field, so it would depend on what type of medication you were own, but it is a very common offender. If you are taking an antidepressant and are suffering from constipation, you may want to talk to your doctor about this being a potential side effect.


Powerful, and sadly, often abused, opiates are a big offender in the constipation game. Familiar names like Norco, Codeine, Vicodin, Morphine are all common as pain medication, and although they may make you feel better, they will likely come at a price.

Blood Pressure Medication

Again, this depends on which one you are taking, and know that not everyone reacts the same way or demonstrates the same side effects. If you are experiencing constipation and are taking medication for blood pressure, you may want to speak to your doctor about treatment options.