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Side Effects of Pain Medications
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My 70 year old husband was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer a year ago. He had a colon resection shortly after being diagnosed, followed by 6 months of bi-weekly chemo treatments. 4 months after his first round of treatment ended, we learned that the cancer is still spreading - now to his liver and lungs. We have not begun another round of chemo because he has been experiencing severe nausea and vomiting (unrelated to chemo). The symptoms began when the physicians began adjusting his pain medication. Oxycontin made him deathly ill. A Fentanyl patch also created significant nausea. Oxycodone did as well. My husband has now been prescribed morphine - but I hear that also has nausea and vomiting as a side effect. I'd appreciate any insight on pain management that worked for you - or any suggestions to control the nausea. Thanks so much.

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