Dr Gerald M Sacks talks about the reluctance of practitioners in discussing OIC with their patients. He feels that they need to be aware of the adverse effects of the drugs that they prescribe to their patients. They must ask their patients about the changes in their bowel functions while being on opioid.
He further feels that it should be mandatory for a practitioner to discuss and treat the adverse effects, if any. He always considers the potential adverse effects of the medications that he has prescribed to his patients.
He considers it his responsibility to educate each patient and the practitioner in the appropriate treatment of opioid induced constipation using over-the-counter medications, lifestyle changes, increased hydration, increased intake of fruit and vegetables, and also the appropriate usage of peripherally acting µ-opioid receptor antagonists.
Dr Gerald M Sacks holds expertise in changing the lives of his patients for the better. Being a leader in the field, he is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. He embodies the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients.
About Dr Gerald M Sacks
Adding to his accreditations and accolades, Dr Gerald M Sacks completed a fellowship in pain management at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His research interests include neuropathic pain, psychosocial issues as they related to pain perception, and musculoskeletal, mechanical aspects of pain perception.