9 Ways to Beat Painkiller-Induced Constipation

Constipation is a common side effect of opioid painkillers.

An effective pain killer can feel like a gift from heaven when you’re really hurting. They can reduce pain from surgery, injuries and illnesses, but the pain relief can come at a price, especially if you’re taking an opioid painkiller. Opioid analgesics are a step up from pain-relieving drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen. They’re made from a derivative of the opium plant, which was used for centuries to knock out pain. They work well, but they can also make things get a little—or a lot—backed up. One of the most common side effects is constipation. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to alleviate at least some of that discomfort.  

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