Uses

This medication is used to treat constipation caused by opioid medications in people with ongoing pain that is not caused by cancer. It blocks the effect of opioids on the gut without blocking the effect on pain. Naloxegol belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid antagonists.

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Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking naloxegol and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning.

If you are unable to swallow this medication whole, you may crush the tablets to a powder, mix in 4 ounces (120 milliliters) of water and drink immediately. Refill the glass with another 4 ounces of water, stir the contents and drink it.

If you are giving this medication through a tube into the stomach (nasogastric tube), ask you health care professional for detailed instructions on how to properly mix and give it.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

Naloxegol is used only for constipation caused by opioids. Stop using this medication when you stop taking opioid pain medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Stop taking other laxatives before you start treatment with naloxegol. Your doctor may direct you to take other laxatives if your condition does not improve after 3 days of treatment with naloxegol. Ask your doctor for more details and follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

Tell your doctor if your constipation persists or worsens.

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