Vibrating Pill Counters Constipation
A swallowable, vibrating capsule improved symptoms among patients with chronic idiopathic constipation in a phase 3 multicenter, randomized, controlled trial. The method represents a mechanical approach to the treatment of constipation. The swallowable pill acts by vibrating during passage through the gut, where it is thought to augment colonic biorhythm and peristalsis. Traditional treatments for constipation generally increase motility or secretion.
@ori The capsules also improved straining score, stool consistency, and quality of life. There was no significant difference between treatment and placebo groups with respect to bloating or rescue medication use.