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Management of Constipation | Opioid Analgesic Treatment

Purpose:

To manage constipation in a patient being treated with an opioid analgesic.

Specialty:

Gastroenterology

Objective:

options, adverse effects

ICD-10:

K59.0, T40.0

Description:

A potentially troubling side-effect of opioid analgesia is constipation. Opioids binding to receptors in the gastrointestinal tract can a decrease in motility and reduced gut secretions. A number of interventions can improve bowel function, especially during long-term pain management.

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