Constipation is one of the most common side effects of taking opioid medications for pain.
It is important to go to your doctor or a professional healthcare provider who will be able to help determine which treatment would be best for your condition.
Your doctor may prescribe you a general stool softener or laxative for regular cases of constipation. Laxatives usually help to soften stool which will allow for easier bowel movements.
Not all laxatives take the same amount of time to work and may take up to several days to take full effect, so remember to discuss with your doctor what laxative would work best for you.
If these do not help, then your doctor may prescribe a laxative that is specifically meant to treat opiate constipation.
Medications for opioid-induced constipation work by blocking the effects of the drugs in your gut.
The treatments usually come in the form of a pill, but Methylnaltrexone (Relistor) is an injection that you can get, as well.
Lubiprostone (Amitzia), Naldemedine (Symproic) and Naloxegol (Movantik) are some of the medications that are available to treat constipation due to the use of opioids.
There is a chance that your doctor may also suggest another opioid to treat your pain. All opioids will cause constipation, but the severity of your condition may decrease with a less potent prescription.
Different medications may have different effects on each patient, so it is important to discuss any current medical conditions or medications that you are taking which may affect the treatment of your opiate constipation.
Remeber to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider on possible side effects of any medication that you may take to treat your opiate constipation.
Your doctor can recommend all of the different types of medications that are available, including suppositories or enema.
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