Or is it Milk of Magnesia? Either way, chronic pain patients have an uncomfortable issue to face when it comes to their medications. Constipation is a very real side effect of opioid use. Suddenly, people who have spent their whole lives chuckling when they’ve seen old timers inspecting laxatives and stool softeners in the pharmacy aisle find themselves comparing mag citrate and polyethylene glycol with some curiosity. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and do research.

In the wise words of a sage from our time, remember: “everybody poops.” Some just need a little help.