Now you can recommend a gentle but effective over-the-counter product that provides pregnant women relief from constipation.
Constipation is quite common in pregnant women: up to 40%* of pregnant women report some form of constipation.
Constipation in pregnant women can be influenced by the same factors as other members of the community:
- a diet which contains too much processed food and too little fibre;
- dehydration-inadequate fluid intake;
- inactivity – when people are largely sedentary the risk of constipation increases;
- medications which reduce intestinal motility;
- stress and changes to routine – life changes, work pressure, and travel;
- Pregnancy itself can also be a contributing factor in constipation, as increased levels of progesterone relax the smooth muscles in the body and slow down the movement of food through the digestive tract.
The problem can then be later compounded by the pressure of the growing uterus on the rectum as the pregnancy progresses – causing haemorrhoids.
Duphalac® is an osmotic laxative which has been shown to be gentle and effective in pregnant women.
Pregnant women may have concerns about using chemicals and pharmaceuticals that could pose a risk to the health of their growing foetus.
Duphalac® is thus a good option as its active ingredient is lactulose, a sugar. Although lactulose tastes sweet, it works and stays mostly in the gut.
Lactulose works to bring water to the hard, dry stool, helping to bulk and soften it. As the stool softens, it expands and naturally passes out through the bowel.
As well as helping relieve constipation in pregnancy, Duphalac® can also be used by people, including pregnant women, with haemorrhoids, for whom a softened stool may be of medical benefit.
It is also suitable for:
- Babies and toddlers – for whom constipation may become a problem if their diet changes (including while transitioning to solids) and during periods of stress such as starting pre-school;
- non-pregnant adults – whether constipation is due to poor diet, stress or lack of exercise;
- people with certain medical conditions;
- people taking medicines such as antidepressants or analgesics;
- elderly patients, who may find an increasing lack of mobility helps contribute to constipation.
To get the most out of Duphalac®, pharmacists can advise patients to:
- Increase the amount of fibre in their diet,;
- Keep up their fluid intake (water, soup, juices, herbal teas), avoiding alcohol and limiting caffeinated drinks;
- Keep active and find a regular exercise routine, under the supervision of a health professional if necessary;
- Try to take some time to relax and reduce their stress;
- Understand that because of its gentle mode of action, it may take one or two days before patients start feeling Duphalac®’s full benefits; and
- Take Duphalac® at the same time each day, preferably at breakfast time.
Seek HCP advice before using any medication during pregnancy and in young children, elderly and those with serious medical conditions. For more information on Duphalac® and how it can help, please review the full Consumer Medicine Information Leaflet or contact our Mylan EPD representative.
During pregnancy, seek medical advice before you take any medication. Duphalac® is indicated for the treatment of constipation. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. Use Duphalac® only as long as it is needed. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, SEE YOUR DOCTOR/HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. BGP Products Pty Ltd., trading as Mylan EPD, ABN 29601608771. Duphalac® is a registered trademark. 299 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113. Ph: 1800 225 311. AU-DUP-2015-11