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1. pertaining to, characterized by, or producing constipation.
2. an agent that so acts.


Pertaining to or causing constipation.
[contraction from L. constipo, to press together]


a. Suffering from constipation.
b. Causing constipation.
2. Slow; sluggish.
3. Stingy.

cos′tive·ly adv.
cos′tive·ness n.


Suffering from, or causing, constipation.


1. pertaining to, characterized by, or producing constipation.
2. an agent that depresses intestinal motility.

Patient discussion about costive

Q. treatment for constipation

A. you can also try colace,its an over the counter product

Q. How Do You Treat Constipation? I have been suffering from constipation in the last week and it is very disturbing. Are there any ways to treat it?

A. I found that I was lacking in magnesium. I take Magnesium Citrate tablets - up to 400 mg. Regulate it yourself if you get diarrhia take less.
Here is a good article on the need for Magnesium...
Lawrence Resnick, M.D., a professor of medicine at Cornell Medical Center urges getting at least 1 milligram of magnesium for each 2mg of calcium.

Q. How to help with constipation? I am 15 weeks pregnant and am suffering from constipation. How can I get rid of it?

A. rty benefiber ,there no taste ,mixes with water,and is healthy

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