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Is there an alternative to percocet for bowel obstruction pain?

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Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management
10 doctors agree

In brief: Pain Treatment

A true bowel obstruction is potentially a medical emergency and needs to evaluated as such.
Opioids can slow down your gastrointestinal motility and may actually worsen a known obstruction.

In brief: Pain Treatment

A true bowel obstruction is potentially a medical emergency and needs to evaluated as such.
Opioids can slow down your gastrointestinal motility and may actually worsen a known obstruction.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care
9 doctors agree

In brief: Fix it

Can your obstruction be fixed? If so, that is the best cure for pain.
Percocet should NEVER be used as a treatment of obstruction ,,,, it will most likely make things worse. The only exception would be if you are in a hospice or palliative situation. If so, talk to your hospice MD for stronger meds

In brief: Fix it

Can your obstruction be fixed? If so, that is the best cure for pain.
Percocet should NEVER be used as a treatment of obstruction ,,,, it will most likely make things worse. The only exception would be if you are in a hospice or palliative situation. If so, talk to your hospice MD for stronger meds
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I presume you me post operative pain after a bowel obstruction as Percocet is not a treatment for a bowel obstruction.
There are many other possible pain medications. You should discuss this with your treating physician.

In brief: Yes

I presume you me post operative pain after a bowel obstruction as Percocet is not a treatment for a bowel obstruction.
There are many other possible pain medications. You should discuss this with your treating physician.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
And you should only need narcotics for only a week or so post-op. Talk to your Surgeon if the pain isn't getting progressively better.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Don't use opioids

Opioids are relatively contraindicated in bowel obstruction.

In brief: Don't use opioids

Opioids are relatively contraindicated in bowel obstruction.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
any narcotic will further slow down bowel motility, making the obstruction worse. Go to ER for immediate attention.
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