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OxyContin and Constipation

Constipation Treatment and Prevention

Some of the usual non-drug treatments for constipation (such as exercise and increased fiber and water intake) may help a little. However, a laxative is usually necessary to prevent and treat constipation due to OxyContin.
 
The use of laxatives to prevent and treat constipation due to OxyContin is extremely important in some situations, such as after a heart attack or after delivering a baby. In these situations, constipation can be extremely painful (after having a baby) and even life-threatening (after having a heart attack -- when straining should be avoided).
 
Although stool softeners, such as docusate (Colace® and others), may provide some relief, stimulant laxatives are often necessary. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist to recommend a laxative that is best for your situation (don't forget to mention that you are taking OxyContin). Many people find that a combination stool softener plus stimulant laxative (such as Peri-Colace®) works well for constipation due to narcotics.
 

Final Thoughts on OxyContin and Constipation

Constipation is a predictable, expected side effect of OxyContin. It is so predictable that many healthcare providers recommend that people who take OxyContin also take a laxative before any problems occur. As long as you keep taking this drug, constipation will not go away or get better on its own. Contact your healthcare provider right away if your constipation becomes severe or if laxatives do not help.
 
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