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What to Know About Laxatives and Opioid-Induced Constipation

If you start taking opioids, your doctor may start you on laxatives to alleviate constipation.

Expert Advice on Opioid-Induced Constipation

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What You Need to Know About the Side Effects of Painkillers

Opioids can cause several side effects involving the central nervous system, and it's important to know their risks.
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Doctor and Patient Perspectives

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OIC: A Quality of Life Issue

With six surgeries during her lifetime, Jane has learned to live with the uncomfortable issue of opioid-induced constipation.
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12 Best Foods for OIC

Overcome painkiller-induced constipation with diet.

Watch Opioid-Induced Constipation Videos

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Paul and Sam explain what it’s like to suffer in silence, and how talking to their doctors about solutions helped them find some balance.
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Opioids may bring effective pain relief, but they also come with some baggage.
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Experts on opioid-induced constipation discuss solutions, from lifestyle changes to medication.
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These experts discuss how opioids affect your gut, and how you can manage the side effects.
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You can feel better with opioid-induced constipation by exercising and making dietary changes.
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There’s a lot you can do to treat OIC—and doing so can prevent complications and greatly improve your quality of life.

Managing Opioid-Induced Constipation Day to Day

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7 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Opioid-Induced Constipation

What are some of the most important questions you can bring to your doctor's appointment about OIC?
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Talking to Your Doctor About OIC

Because constipation caused by opioids is different than ordinary constipation, it's important to form a treatment plan with your doctor.
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Weighing the Benefits and Side Effects of Opioids

Opioids alleviate suffering, but they’re accompanied by unpleasant side effects and the serious risk of addiction or abuse.

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