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Can opioid painkillers affect your stomach?

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Powerful opioid painkillers, like oxycodone or hydrocodone, can make you feel nauseated or have constipation, belly cramps, or bloating.

Most over-the-counter laxatives don’t help with this, but your doctor may be able to give you something that will.

SOURCES:

CDC.

National Health Service (UK).

The Cleveland Clinic.

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America : “Toxicologic causes of acute abdominal disorders.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Guidelines to Help Reduce the Side-Effects of NSAIDs.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Answers about aspirin.”

International Journal of Clinical Practice : “Opioid-induced bowel dysfunction - prevalence, pathophysiology and burden.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “ Opioid-induced constipation: advances and clinical guidance.”

National Institutes of Health, Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: “Iron.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Medicines and the Digestive System.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy Side Effects Series.”

Breastcancer.org: “Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 31, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC.

National Health Service (UK).

The Cleveland Clinic.

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America : “Toxicologic causes of acute abdominal disorders.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Guidelines to Help Reduce the Side-Effects of NSAIDs.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Answers about aspirin.”

International Journal of Clinical Practice : “Opioid-induced bowel dysfunction - prevalence, pathophysiology and burden.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “ Opioid-induced constipation: advances and clinical guidance.”

National Institutes of Health, Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: “Iron.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Medicines and the Digestive System.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy Side Effects Series.”

Breastcancer.org: “Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 31, 2019

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