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Does Suboxone cause constipation?

Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is an opioid and therefore can cause some constipation like any other opioid. However, it is a “partial” opioid, and so it tends to cause less constipation than pure opioids like oxycodone, fentanyl, or heroin. There are medications that can be used to help relieve constipation, including laxatives like senna, Colace, and Miralax powder. Talk to your doctor if constipation is a side effect that you would like help with.

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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