How to Avoid Opioid-Induced Constipation
Just when you’re getting your pain under control, you have another discomfort to deal with—constipation. One of the most common side effects of taking opioid pain medications like Vicodin, Percocet or codeine is constipation. Research shows that anywhere from 40 to 90% of opioid users at some point experience opioid-induced constipation (OIC).
For some people, OIC is a mere inconvenience. For others, it can be extremely painful and difficult to tolerate. But there are many things you can do to help avoid OIC and get your bowels moving in the right direction.
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