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Dealing with constipation

There are many things you can do yourself to try to deal with your constipation. Try the self-help advice below. If it doesn't make a difference within four to six weeks, see your GP.

What can I do?

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member's or friend's) healthcare.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.


If you suffer from chronic (long-term) constipation, it can be useful to see a dietitian to get specific advice about what you should be eating and drinking.

On the next page: Medicines for constipation

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by GP liaison, Gastroenterology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed July 2017.


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Review key: HICSA-13804