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Side-Effects

Opioids can be effective in treating pain, if used responsibly. However, the use of prescription opioids can also lead to:

Confusion
Constipation
Depression
Dizziness
Dry mouth
Increased sensitivity to pain
Itching and sweating
Nausea
Physical dependence
Sleepiness
Tolerance
Vomiting

 

Addiction

Anyone taking prescription opioids can become addicted to them. Overuse of prescription opioids can also stop your breathing and can lead to death.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about additional options to help manage pain. This checklist provides you with questions to ask your doctor before taking opioid medications.

If you or a loved one is living with addiction, help is available. CDPHP members can also call 1-888-320-9584, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.