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View in Spanish: Relistor

Relistor (REH-lih-stor)
A drug used to relieve certain side effects caused by treatment with opiods (pain killers similar to morphine), such as constipation (hard, dry stools), itching, and low urine flow. Relistor binds to opioid receptors outside the brain and may block the side effects of opioid drugs without affecting their ability to relieve pain. Relistor is a type of peripheral opioid receptor antagonist. Also called methylnaltrexone bromide.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.