Gregory L. Holmquist, PharmD, CPE and Kelly Bilodeau, Author at MPR

Gregory L. Holmquist, PharmD, CPE and Kelly Bilodeau

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Alleviating Bowel-Backup in Opioid Induced Constipation

The goal of opioid treatment is to relieve pain and discomfort, but one side effect of the drugs can replace that pain with another problem—opioid induced constipation (OIC). This constipation is more than just a minor inconvenience, says Gregory L. Holmquist, PharmD, CPE, a pain and palliative care specialist. This constipation sometimes becomes so severe that it leads to fecal impaction, which can be life-threatening.