Opioid Induced Constipation
Opioids are effective pain relievers, but often have the side effect of constipation. These medicines affect the gastrointestinal tract in a variety of ways. Opioids increase the amount of time it takes stool to move through the gastric system. This results in food that fails to travel through the digestive tract.
- Stools that are hard and dry.
- Difficulty such as straining, forcing, and pain when defecating.
- A constant feeling that you need to use the toilet.
- Bloating, distention, or bulges in the abdomen.
- Abdominal tenderness.
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