Animation - Managing and Treating Opioid-Induced Constipation

This animation provides an overview of possible ways to manage and treat opioid-induced constipation (OIC). Your physician will probably ask about your diet and lifestyle and recommend non-prescription laxative medicines. If these do not work, they might prescribe a different pain medicine or a medicine to treat OIC. The animation describes lubiprostone, methylnaltrexone bromide, as well as medicines that block opioids in the digestive system, and alternative medicines to opioids. Tell your physician if you have constipation when taking opioid medicines. Your physician can help you find the best way to control pain and avoid constipation.

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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.

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.