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Let's Get Moving - Minimizing Opioid Induced Constipation

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Overview / Abstract:

Chronic constipation, when broadly defined as fewer than three defecations weekly, affects about one in six Americans. The prevalence is higher in the elderly population, with some studies suggesting that 25% of individuals older than 65 have constipation.Although new-onset constipation, especially in elders, can be a sign of systemic pathology (e.g. malignancy), the overwhelming majority of those who suffer from this disorder have no discernible mucosal or structural cause and this disorder is most commonly referred to as functional constipation. A significant segment of patients with this disorder have drug-induced constipation.Many drugs including anticholinergic drugs and calcium channel blockers may cause or contribute to constipation, but probably the most important cause of drug induced constipation is opioid induced constipation (OIC). The use of opioids for both acute and chronic pain has risen significantly in the past 20 years and accompanying this increase in opioid use has been an awareness of opioid induced bowel dysfunction.


Jul 04, 2019


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Pharmacy CPE


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Geoffrey Wall, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Drake University, Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist, Iowa Methodist Medical Center

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Overdose (Drug)

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Bausch Health

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Myrtle Beach, SC   SC
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