How does fluid intake affect constipation?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Learning how much fluid and what types of fluids the patient drinks on an average day is important. Epidemiologic studies have clearly established a link between coffee consumption and worsening constipation. The diuretic effects of coffee, tea, and alcohol are likely counterproductive. Milk products may cause constipation in some individuals.


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