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Sanctura XR and Constipation

As with any anticholinergic medication, constipation is considered a "classic" side effect of Sanctura XR (trospium XR). Clinical studies on Sanctura XR and constipation have shown that up 9 percent of people taking the drug experienced constipation. If you are taking Sanctura XR and constipation becomes a problem, you can try adding bran to your food or increasing fiber in your diet.

Does Sanctura XR Cause Constipation?

Sanctura® XR (trospium XR) is an anticholinergic medication. As with all anticholinergic medications, Sanctura XR can cause constipation. In fact, constipation is considered a "classic" side effect of medications similar to Sanctura XR.
 

How Common Is Constipation With Sanctura XR?

Before medicines are approved for use in the United States, they must go through a process that involves several clinical studies. In these studies, many people are given a particular medicine, while others are given a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient). In these studies, potential side effects in both groups are carefully documented. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group taking the placebo.
 
Clinical studies have shown that up to 9 percent of people taking Sanctura XR experienced constipation, compared to 1.7 percent of people taking the placebo.
 

Sanctura XR and Constipation: Final Thoughts

If you develop constipation while taking Sanctura XR, talk to your healthcare provider. It is important to understand that severe constipation can be quite serious; do not hesitate to talk with your healthcare provider if you are experiencing severe constipation due to Sanctura XR.
 
You can also try making a few dietary and lifestyle changes. Increasing fiber in your diet or adding bran to your food may be helpful. Drinking plenty of fluids and getting regular exercise can also help relieve constipation.
 
(Click Constipation Treatment for more recommendations on treating constipation.)
 

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