Constipation is a condition in which bowel movements happen less frequently than normal, or the stool is small, hard and difficult or painful to pass. By blocking the colon, a hardened stool can lead to a variety of colon disorders. Chronic constipation is a condition that may include constipation lasting over six months, or three or fewer bowel movements each week. While some constipation can be treated with diet, exercise or the use of fiber or laxatives, there are special medications used to treat constipation in certain circumstances.

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