June 6, 2014

Drug Trial Shows Promise for Treating Constipation Caused by Pain Medicines

With naloxegol, adults found relief from opioid-induced constipation

Pain medicines often lead to constipation for patients seeking long-term pain relief, but an investigational once-daily drug may help, according to a study led by the University of Michigan Health System. “The studies showed rapid and sustained improvement for these patients, without compromising their pain management,” says lead study author and gastroenterologist William Chey, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the U-M Health System.