What about Opiate-induced Constipation?
If you are taking opioids you most assuredly will need to manage constipation. If you have back pain it is important not to strain for your bowel movement. A good natural remedy is a mix of equal amounts of applesauce, prune juice and bran kept in the refrigerator; take 1 tablespoon per day. Alternatively you can use Miralax which is highly effective in treating constipation (consult your pharmacist). It is CRITICAL that you treat constipation when taking opioids so that you can avoid urinary tract infections, bowel obstruction, and opiate overdose secondary to dehydration. Your bowel will take water from the vascular system which may be a contributing factor to opiate overdose. Stay hydrated when taking opiates. Talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner or pharmacist if your constipation does not improve or if it gets worse.