Here is my problem. For the last 3 months, I have been severely constipated. I am taking 600 mg of gabapentin daily and 1 IP203 Percocet daily, both for pain and neuropathy. I asked my PCP if the gabapentin could be the cause, but he says no. Would either or both meds be causing constipation? I am aware that constipation is a side effect of narcotics, but wonder if 5mg daily is sufficient amount to cause constipation.
Hi Christylee. Any narcotiec you take can cause constipation. Eat lotss of fiber & dringing lots & lots of water may help, & for some that doesn't evven help.I have had it for years even before taking pain pills & just recently , accidently becasue of the supplements I take, found that increasing my, magnesiam supplement to 500mg a day has me going better than I have in years. I take a lot of supplements as recccommended by my doctors, but the magnesium has helped a lot. Just my thoughts... (Oh, & when I used to have a problem before, I would use Milk of Magnesia occasionly)... Mary
Look I know constipation is a problem but like someone said any opiate medication is going to do that depending on dosage. If you can get some prunes and prune juice and your diet has a lot to do with it. I am on a fairly high dose of pain meds and don't have any problem as long as I stick to my diet glass of prune juice with meds and a few prunes out of a costco bag. I know what it sounds like but it's much better than stool softeners or laxitives. I just took some exlax to start and then moved to diet as above and now no problems. Good luck
Hey there,I'ts not the gabapentin,i'ts the narcitic pain pill . From experience having taken both and I stopped taken the narcotic and I was constipation free. Still on gabapentin and no problem. Remember everybodys body reacts different to meds.This was just my experience. Treeves1
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