Many myths about constipation lead to inappropriate treatment

Please see the January 2014 FDA advisory about the risks of exceeding the OTC dose of Sodium Phosphate when treating constipation.

Many myths about constipation lead to inappropriate treatment.

MYTH: You need to have a bowel movement every day.

Tell patients that normal can vary from 3 times a day to 3 times a week. Refute the idea that "toxins" are absorbed from the colon if the bowel isn't evacuated every day.

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