Which factors influence bowel motility in constipation?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The state of patients’ bowel motility represents a balance between factors that promote motility and factors that inhibit it. The most important influencing factor is exercise, which stimulates bowel motility. Conversely, narcotics, antipsychotic agents, and other constipating medications reduce motility. Diuretics or substantial amounts of coffee, tea, or alcohol decrease available water in the colon. Chronic laxative abuse also causes refractory constipation.


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