Laxatives and Fiber for Opioid-Induced Constipation

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Jennifer Larson

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Sometimes an over-the-counter painkiller is just the right antidote for pain. But for more serious or chronic pain, a doctor-prescribed opioid painkiller might be a better option to help you feel well enough to navigate the activities of daily living.

However, if you take an opioid pain medication, you need to be prepared for some possible side effects. Constipation is one of the complaints most frequently voiced by people taking those painkillers. At least 40% of people who are taking opioid painkillers experience constipation—and that’s considered a conservative estimation by many.

A lot of patients dealing with opioid-induced constipation feel helpless about their condition. These experts explain that there’s a lot you can do yourself to feel better, from exercising to making dietary changes

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jul 28, 2016

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