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Vicodin/norco constipation side effects (for chronic pain) - does it lessen with time?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: ConstipationRelation

Chronic opioid use will inevitably affect GI motility because of the opioid receptors present in the GI tract.
It is unavoidable but can be addressed. Since motility or peristasis, which moves intestinal contents in a coordinated fashion, is diminished a mild stimulant laxative is needed to encourage movement. An osmotic laxative also helps to add fluid to the stool to make it easier to pass.

In brief: ConstipationRelation

Chronic opioid use will inevitably affect GI motility because of the opioid receptors present in the GI tract.
It is unavoidable but can be addressed. Since motility or peristasis, which moves intestinal contents in a coordinated fashion, is diminished a mild stimulant laxative is needed to encourage movement. An osmotic laxative also helps to add fluid to the stool to make it easier to pass.
Dr. Joseph De Santi
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes usually

Constipation usually gets better with time.
Make sure you get enough to drink. Use otc stool softener.

In brief: Yes usually

Constipation usually gets better with time.
Make sure you get enough to drink. Use otc stool softener.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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