BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 100 million Americans living with chronic pain face challenges every day due to their conditions, but they also battle debilitating side effects of their pain medication, including opioid-induced constipation (OIC), for an unnecessary length of time.1   According to a new national survey conducted by Salix Pharmaceuticals (Salix), a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Pain Foundation, more than half (51 percent) of chronic pain patients have been suffering from OIC for three years or longer and most patients (73 percent) agree that one of the biggest challenges of having OIC is that medications don’t work quickly enough to relieve pain associated with OIC. In fact, 53 percent of patients say they want OIC relief in under four hours.

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