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What side effects can opioids cause?

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Opioids are narcotics, drugs that numb pain. They can slow your breathing, and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Common side effects include:

Talk to you doctor if you have problems, especially if you take other medication. Your doctor may adjust your dose or recommend different drugs to manage your pain.

  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Thought and memory problems
  • Vomiting

From: What Are Opioids? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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