Expert Video - How do opioid medicines cause constipation?

Dr. Satish Rao, an expert on constipation and the digestive system, explains the various ways that opioid medicines affect the nerves and muscles of the gut. Their action can cause constipation and other health problems. He also describes how recent research shows these medicines can actually be a source of pain and inflammation instead of relieving it.

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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 AbbVie, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Takeda.

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