Chronic Idiopathic Constipation
CIC results from a lack of an adequate number of bowel movements over an extended period of time, usually defined as greater than six months. Patients with chronic constipation often try laxatives and fiber supplements prior to physician prescribed therapy. There are existing treatments for chronic constipation, but these treatments have limitations and side effects. A significant need exists for a better chronic constipation therapy. It is estimated that 36 million people in the U.S. have chronic constipation and that approximately 25% of them see a physician for this condition.