Medication for Constipation

  • In case of atony with too little propulsion:
    Bitter substances (e.g., Amara or Gentiana drops, see also https://www.anthromedics.org/PRA-0703-EN)

  • Especially with simultaneously occurring gas and bloating:
    Absinthium/Caryophylli comp. dil. WELEDA, 12 drops 3x/d
    Wormwood activates the peristalsis in the upper gastrointestinal tract, carnation seed essential oil has a warming effect, anise relaxes and regulates intestinal motility.

  • For constipation:
    Hepatodoron® tabs. WELEDA, 3x/d, chew 2–4 tabs. at the beginning of each meal

    Choleodoron® drops WELEDA, 10–20 drops 3x/d after meals

    Digestodoron® WELEDA, 3x/d, chew 2 tabs. at the beginning of each meal, or 15 drops 4x/d

  • In case of spastic constipation or chemotherapy-associated constipation (triggered by antiemetics from the serotonin antagonist family, whose symptoms can persist for several days, or even up to a week):
    Carpellum Mali comp. trit. WELEDA, 1 saltsp. (~¼ tsp.) 3–6/d after meals
    Start the day before chemotherapy with 1 generous salt spoon (or ¼ tsp.) to 1 teaspoon tip 3 x daily, then from the day of the chemotherapy onwards 1 generous salt spoon (~¼ tsp.) to 1 teaspoon tip 3–6 x daily. In the beginning it is more common to dose 6 x daily, then gradually reduce the amount, e.g., to 4 x daily, then 3 x daily, with dosing determined by stool frequency, whereby patients find their own dosage.

Gesellschaft Anthroposophischer Ärzte in Deutschland/GAÄD, Medizinische Sektion am Goetheanum (Hg.) Vademecum Anthroposophische Arzneimittel. 4. Aufl. München 2017. www.vademecum.org

Debus M. Medikamentöse Begleitbehandlung bei onkologischen Erkrankungen. Der Merkurstab 2009;62(4):320-325.



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