Managing constipation: MeReC bulletin

A MeReC bulletin has pulled together useful information and guidelines about the management of constipation in children and adults using three case studies. It comments on how the wide variation in normal bowel function can make diagnosis of constipation subjective and on how public perceptions have changed. Because there is not enough clinical evidence to compare the efficacy of some laxatives, prescribers consider cost, symptoms and acceptability to patients.