Concerns about side effects of narcotics


Nausea and vomiting

Sedation and confusion

Respiratory depression


The most common side effect of narcotics (opioids) is constipation.

All narcotics slow down the stomach and bowels.

Although it may seem like a private subject, you should report any changes in your bowel habits to your health care team. Health care professionals who work with people with cancer expect this to be a concern. They are comfortable offering suggestions for preventing and treating constipation.

Left untreated, constipation can lead to a serious condition called fecal impaction (hard stool plugging up the bowels).

Appropriately treated, you should move your bowels at least every other day.

Call your doctor or nurse if you do not have a bowel movement for 3 days or more.

Additional Information:

Retreat Grounds Button