Expert Video - Can I stop taking opioids for pain? Are there alternatives?

In this video, expert gastroenterologist Dr. Jeanetta Frye discusses the importance of knowing why you are taking opioid medications and taking the lowest possible dose. She explains that other options are available to treat chronic pain, such as changing your pain medicine and taking a non-opioid medication. Talking with the doctor who prescribes your opioid medication is a key step in managing and reducing opioid-induced constipation (OIC).

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