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Identifying and treating opioid-induced constipation

C+D spoke to Mikin Patel, lead gastroenterology pharmacist at Imperial College NHS Trust, to learn more about opioid-induced constipation


In recent years, use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain, especially long-term non-cancer pain, has seen a significant increase. Overuse of opioids can lead to tolerance and dependence, with a higher incidence of side effects such as opioid-induced constipation.

In C+D’s latest podcast, clinical editor Naimah Callachand, spoke to a C+D clinical advisory board member, Mikin Patel – lead pharmacist for gastroenterology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – about how pharmacists can identify and treat opioid-induced constipation.

You can listen to the podcast below. Alternatively, subscribe to C+D's podcasts on iTunes or by searching 'Chemist+Druggist podcast' on your preferred android podcast app.

See who else is on C+D’s clinical advisory board.

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