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What are side effects of drugs taken for pain during palliative or hospice care?

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These drugs do have side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, and constipation. Those problems usually fade as your body gets used to the medication. Your doctor should be able to help you decide whether to start taking them and how much you need.

SOURCES:

Ballantyne, J. , August 2011. Current Pain and Headache Reports

Center to Advance Palliative Care

Meera, A. , January 2011. Indian Journal of Palliative Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Nursing Research

Prater, C., , 2002. Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

U.S. National Library of Medicine

World Health Organization

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Ballantyne, J. , August 2011. Current Pain and Headache Reports

Center to Advance Palliative Care

Meera, A. , January 2011. Indian Journal of Palliative Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Nursing Research

Prater, C., , 2002. Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

U.S. National Library of Medicine

World Health Organization

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 11, 2018

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