7 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Opioid-Induced Constipation


Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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Opioid medications are prescribed to many people to treat many different types of pain. Most people find great pain relief from opioids, but some experience an unwelcome side effect: opioid-induced constipation (OIC).

Unfortunately, this side effect can cause new pain and discomfort. This information will help you better understand OIC, but your doctor knows you and can best manage your unique situation.  These questions can help you start the conversation. 

Opioids may bring effective pain relief, but they also come with some baggage. Unfortunately, because of how they work in the body, opioids tend to cause uncomfortable, embarrassing, and painful constipation. Experts discuss why this occurs and what patients can do to find relief.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jul 18, 2016

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