FAST FACTS: Safety Precautions for Opioid Use
Older adults are at higher risk of medication-induced side effects from opioid use due to normal changes related to aging. Having two or more diseases or medical conditions make older adults more at risk for adverse effects. Side effects of common pain treatments can be a deterrent to good pain control, especially with older adults who are physically vulnerable. It is extremely important to communicate with your family member’s healthcare provider to monitor opioid use and follow all safety precautions.
Overview of Common Opioid Side Effects
What Else You Should Do
Used with permission of K. Herr, PI, Cancer Pain in Elders: Promoting EBP's in Hospices; NCI Grant R01CA115363; Adapted from AHRQ Grant RO1 HS 10482; M. Titler; PI; Revised 5/1/21.
Revised January 2022