8 Natural Remedies for Opioid-Induced Constipation
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When You Just Can’t Go

In a perfect world, you would never need a painkiller. Or at least, you could take an opioid painkiller prescribed by your doctor and you wouldn’t experience any unwelcome side effects at all. Especially not constipation, which is the most common and perhaps the most frustrating opioid side effect. In the real world, however, you may need to seek out some relief for constipation.

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