Fast Five Quiz: Opioid-Induced Constipation

B.S. Anand, MD


October 15, 2020

According to guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association, laxatives should be used as first-line agents for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation.

Soluble and insoluble fiber are bulking agents; however, fiber does not improve colonic motility, which gives it a limited role in the treatment of opioid-induced constipation.

Despite conflicting widespread beliefs, there is little evidence that the routine use of stimulant laxatives is harmful to the colon.

Learn more about the treatment of opioid-induced constipation.


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