Expert Video - What are the main reasons for treatment with opioids?
Gastroenterologist Dr. Satish Rao explains that while opioids can cause many side effects, including constipation, they are very effective for relieving certain types of pain. Opioids can relieve pain that is not managed with over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) and other readily available medications. A condition such as severe back pain, a fall or other injury, or even a heart attack are all examples of conditions for which doctors might prescribe opioids to relieve pain.
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