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7 Self-Care Tips for Managing Painkiller-Induced Constipation

Don’t get stuck with uncomfortable side effects.

Painkillers, particularly opioids like morphine and hydrocodone, can cause a variety of side effects—and one of the most uncomfortable side effects is constipation. Many doctors recommend that you take a preventive approach to dealing with painkiller-induced constipation. Start treating it early so your body and bowels don’t get too bogged down from the get-go. Fortunately, there are several simple tips you can try to keep things moving.

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

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  1. Pain Relief, Opiods, and Constipation. Harvard Health Publications.
  2. Management of Common Opiod-Induced Adverse Effects. American Family Physician.
  3. NHS Choices. Constipation - Treatment.
  4. How to prevent constipation caused by your medicines. Group Health.

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