Movantik, generic name naloxegol, belongs to a class of medications known as Peripheral opioid receptor antagonists. Movantik is normally used for patients who have been taking narcotic pain medication for at least four weeks. Movantik is mainly used to treat chronic pain that is not caused by cancer. Movantik works by preventing constipation without reducing the pain-relieving effects of the narcotic in use by the patient.
Movantik is a medicine used in the treatment of opioid-induced constipation. Opioids are drugs derived from the Papaver somniferum plant, examples of which include codeine and morphine. Constipation is a common side effect of opioid drugs, meaning drugs are needed to counter this effect.
Movantik is one such drug. Its active ingredient, naloxegol, is an opioid receptor antagonist, meaning it limits the negative effects of opioid medication without reducing their pain relieving properties. Movantik is only available for administration via the oral route.
Patients can expect to experience numerous side effects on taking Movantik including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, bloat, and headache.