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Posted on 01-19-2017
Since long-acting opioids such a buprenorphine can lead to constipation, it is important to take steps to prevent constipation from developing. After all, in extreme cases, constipation can become serious and requires surgery to be addressed. In most cases, however, constipation is nothing more than an unnecessary inconvenience that can cause a great deal of discomfort.
To prevent constipation from developing, you can implement the following natural remedies:
Drinking plenty of water while also following a high-fiber diet with increased exercise will help to soften stool and make it move through the body faster. If these natural remedies are not effective, there are over-the-counter remedies available. Stool softeners containing docusate sodium will help to soften stool while also creating a lubricating effect that helps the stool slide out of the body more freely. Products consisting of polyethylene glycol 3350 soften stool while also increasing the frequency of bowel movements. These products work by drawing water into the colon, thereby making it even more important to drink plenty of water.
If you are concerned about constipation, the professionals at Advanced Spine & Rehab will help you explore your options to find the one that is most effective for you. With newer brands of buprenorphine having better bio-availability, they may result in less problems related to constipation. Taking a closer look at your opioid treatment options and a holistic treatment plan will help to ensure you are able to properly treat your addiction while experiencing minimal side effects.
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