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5 Myths About Painkiller-Induced Constipation

The Truth Will Set Your Bowels Free

Constipation is an unfortunate, but common, side effect of prescription opioid pain medications (opioids). But you may be surprised to learn some common misconceptions about how painkillers affect your digestive system and what you can (or can’t) do about it.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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