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How do you treat constipation and other side effects of taking opioids?

Your doctor may prescribe a stool softener along with an opioid to prevent constipation. Other common side effects like nausea, fatigue and itching may improve on their own, says Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, chief of pain management at Veterans Affairs.


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