What are the side effects of opioid medications?
When you take an opioid medication in the right way, as instructed by your doctor, you may have some side effects. You may:
- Feel sleepy
- Feel sick to your stomach
- Throw up
- Be constipated
- Feel dizzy
The drowsiness or dizziness from taking opioid medications can make it unsafe to drive a vehicle or operate machinery. People who are just starting to take opioids or who are increasing their dosage need to be especially careful.
What are the symptoms of opioid poisoning?
If someone takes an opioid in the wrong way, or if a child takes any amount of an adult’s opioid, they may:
- Become very sleepy
- Have trouble breathing or stop breathing entirely
- Throw up, and possibly choke
- Go into a coma, or even die
Someone who has taken too much of an opioid may snore loudly and look like they are sleeping soundly. But the snoring may be a sign that they are having trouble breathing. Get them help right away.