While opioids are seen as an effective treatment method for acute pain, there is an increasing debate on the efficacy of opioids when treating chronic pain conditions. One of the most common side effects of long-term opioid usage is constipation. Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome are more common in people who are living with chronic pain conditions, so better understanding of the connection between opioids and constipation is key for medical professionals currently working with chronic pain patients.
Featuring Dr Maria Eugenicos and Dr Cathy Stannard.
Available to listen 3rd November 2020 from painconcern.org.uk/airing-pain-125-opioid-induced-constipation or download from wherever you get your podcasts.
Watch the trailer above for more details.