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  • Opioids and constipation

    Does anyone know if any opioid is better than others in terms of being less likely to cause constipation?

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    Re: Opioids and constipation

    Tramadol ?? (source: Martindale)

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      Re: Opioids and constipation

      Originally posted by Teethlai View Post
      Tramadol ?? (source: Martindale)
      BNF also states that tramadol is less likely to cause constipation than opioids. However, tramadol is a bit of an odd drug - some patients love it and think its the best thing ever, others can't stand it at all. I have heard tramadol described as an emetic which has analgesic side effects.

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        Re: Opioids and constipation

        Originally posted by Steve G View Post
        BNF also states that tramadol is less likely to cause constipation than opioids. However, tramadol is a bit of an odd drug - some patients love it and think its the best thing ever, others can't stand it at all. I have heard tramadol described as an emetic which has analgesic side effects.
        Interesting! Never heard of the emetics bit! How does it work exactly?

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          Re: Opioids and constipation

          Originally posted by Teethlai View Post
          Interesting! Never heard of the emetics bit! How does it work exactly?
          By serotonin reuptake inhibition.

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