A Serious Concern
Suboxone constipation can be very unpleasant. While Suboxone is a unique medication, it is still an opioid and can cause constipation. In fact all opioids can cause constipation. As described in this article, buprenorphine induced constipation is a significant issue. It is important to let your doctor know if you have this side effect.
What is constipation?
It is simply a difficulty in emptying your bowels. Hence, if you find that you are straining to poop or it is painful to go, it may be a side effect of your medication.
What do I do about it?
First, you can try natural solutions. Try drinking more water during the day. When you do not have enough water passing through your intestines, you will be more likely to be constipated. Also, walking, jogging and other forms of moderate exercise can help to get things moving. Another thing you can try is to increase the fiber in your diet. Fruits and vegetables are healthy and they contain fiber. Eating a salad every day is a good idea.
Are there medications that can help?
Many meds that help to resolve constipation are available over the counter in the pharmacy. There are brands such as Colace, Magnesium Citrate, Dulcolax, Milk of Magnesia, Miralax, Senokot, Metamucil and more. Even though you do not need a prescription for these meds, it is still important to discuss them with your doctor before taking them. Your pharmacist can also be helpful in making decisions about OTC meds.
What about prescription medications for Suboxone constipation?
There is a relatively new medication for opioid induced constipation, Movantik. Some patients who have Suboxone constipation find that this unique medication helps. Your doctor may even consider other prescription constipation meds.
What if nothing works?
If Suboxone is causing constipation and nothing is working to resolve it, your doctor may consider reducing or stopping the Suboxone. In fact, often, the dosage can be reduced and still be just as effective. Your doctor may want to try tapering down your dosage gradually to see if it helps. Another consideration is to try an alternate treatment for opioid addiction. Naltrexone also has a high rate of success. However, it can be difficult to make the switch from Suboxone to naltrexone. Fortunately, most people will find a solution with their doctor without having to stop taking Suboxone.