This animation provides an overview of opioid-induced constipation (OIC), including the symptoms, causes, warning signs and consequences. Opioids are effective for treating and managing pain, but using them frequently can lead to constipation. This animation also describes the importance of working with your physician to relieve symptoms and lower your risk of OIC.
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This educational activity has been developed by the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Allergan, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Takeda.
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.