Opioid-Induced Constipation

Roughly 15 percent of the adult population experiences chronic pain and about 3 percent of adults in the United States receive long-term opioid therapy for chronic noncancer pain. Commonly prescribed for their analgesic or pain-killing properties, opioids are the cornerstone of pain management. While they are effective pain relievers, opioids are associated with significant gastrointestinal side effects such as opioid induced constipation. Providers: Understand how to prevent and treat opioid induced constipation.

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