FAST FACTS: Safety Precautions for Opioid Use
Older adults are at higher risk of medication-induced side effects, also called adverse effects (AE), from opioid use due to normal changes related to aging. Having two or more diseases or medical conditions, also known as co-morbidities, make older adults more at risk for AEs. Co-morbidities, such as cognitive impairment, kidney and/or liver dysfunction, and the use of multiple medications can all impact opioid AEs. Adverse 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 healthcare provider to monitor opioid use and follow all safety precautions.
Overview of Common Opioid Adverse Effects:
What else the Caregiver 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.