Pain medications like opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a major cause of constipation, often creating a bigger struggle than the original illness that led you to start taking them. So, why does medication-induced constipation happen and how do you treat it?
Why does constipation happen?
Opioids like Vicodin, Norco and Tylenol with codeine and other medications can affect the nerves in parts of the stomach and intestine (particularly the colon) and block the gastrointestinal tract from having peristaltic movements that normally move food along. See More