Management of constipation: An update - Canadian Council On Continuing Education In Pharmacy (CCCEP)


1.5 hrs



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According to the Canadian Digestive Foundation, about one-quarter of the Canadian population is affected by constipation, with considerable impact on the person’s quality of life. Pharmacists are ideally placed to help in management, especially because it tends to be easily treatable, seldom caused by sinister disease, and seldom needs extensive investigation. Characteristically, the same treatment is required for both symptom alleviation and treatment of the underlying problem, which is most commonly functional bowel disease.

This continuing education lesson is designed primarily for pharmacists and has been accredited by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) for 1 CEU(s). CCCEP File Number: 1066-2018-2629-I-P

Betty Golightly (BSc. Pharm., R.Ph)

Gabor Kandel (MD, FRCP)

Iris Krawchenko (R.Ph., B.Sc. Phm., ACPR)

On completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies for managing constipation, both acute and chronic
  • Discuss prevailing myths and misconceptions about constipation and laxatives
  • Recognize the role of the pharmacist in counseling patients about management options for constipation

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