A New Drug For…What?

Because a photo of someone sitting on a toilet, looking like they're...straining would be a bit much.

Because a photo of someone sitting on a toilet, looking like they’re…straining would be a bit much.

The pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca now produces a drug called Movantik (which sort of sounds like an eastern European name, don’t you think? As in “President Obama today met with Serbian ambassador Bratislav Movantik”) that treats constipation caused by long-term use, overuse, and abuse of opioid drugs – things like Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, and, well, heroin.

Isn’t it nice that the pharmaceutical companies can invest their resources and make vast amounts of money helping heroin users who can’t poop when there are still good people out there suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more?

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  • Barbara  On May 17, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Actually, when my brother was being treated for cancer, constipation was no joke. His pain was intensified by that side effect of his pain meds. Very little seemed to work to help him. It was horrible. I think the ad is aimed at the caregivers of someone who is seriously ill and desperate for relief.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On May 17, 2016 at 8:31 am

    That’s a really good point.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On May 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I think there are many people in chronic pain who rely on opioids and suffer this problem, but I see your point.

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