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2019 Jul 25

Curr Gastroenterol Rep



Implications of the Opioid Epidemic for the Clinical Gastroenterology Practice.


Thapa N, Kappus M, Hurt R, Diamond S
Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2019 Jul 25; 21(9):44.
PMID: 31346779.


The opioid epidemic in the USA has led to a rise in opioid-related gastrointestinal (GI) side effects that are often difficult to diagnose and treat. The aim of this report is to discuss opioid pathophysiology, opioid-related GI side effects, clinical presentation, and diagnostic criteria and to review the current pharmacotherapy available.