Expert Video - What are the main treatments for chronic constipation and chronic idiopathic constipation?

Gastroenterology expert Dr. Satish Rao discusses the main treatments for chronic constipation, including over-the-counter medications. These include stimulant laxatives and stool softeners. He also talks about polyethylene glycol for constipation, and specific FDA-approved medications including lubiprostone, linaclotide, plecanatide, and prucalopride. These drugs are approved for a condition called "chronic idiopathic constipation," and Dr. Rao discusses the meaning of this term.

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