Reflection on Prophylactic Treatment for Opioid Side Effects Opioid therapy is one of the main forms of pharmacological therapeutic options for pain management in patients with metastatic cancer. The side effects of opioid medications often cause considerable distress for patients and impair their quality of life. Common side effects that occur with the use of opioid therapy include urinary retention, nausea and vomiting, constipation, respiratory depression and sedation (Palos, 2008). Nurses can prevent some of the side effects of opioid therapy by providing prophylactic therapy. The purpose of this paper is to discuss a reflection on the use of prophylactic treatment to prevent the side effects associated with opioid therapy. Included in...The end:
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