Letters Opioids for chronic non-cancer pain

Don’t forget about constipation with opioid treatment of chronic non-cancer pain

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4492 (Published 16 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4492
  1. Alexander C Ford, senior lecturer and honorary consultant gastroenterologist1,
  2. Darren M Brenner, assistant professor in medicine-gastroenterology and hepatology and surgery2,
  3. Philip S Schoenfeld, professor of medicine3
  1. 1Leeds Gastroenterology Institute, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK
  2. 2Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, USA
  3. 3Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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Freynhagen and colleagues only briefly discussed the treatment of opioid induced constipation.1 Constipation occurs in around 50% of people taking opioids.2 3 Affected patients have significantly higher rates of medical consultation and sickness related work absences, as well as …

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