Side effects of morphine administration in cancer patients

Guillermo Vanegas, Carla Ripamonti, Alberto Sbanotto, Franco De Conno

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, oral morphine is the first choice drug for treating moderate to severe cancer- related pain. The fear of the side effects caused by this drug and the scarce information about prevention and management of these effects are the main reasons for the underuse of morphine. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the literature on the side effects most frequently present both in the titration phase and during chronic administration of oral morphine and to describe the appropriate treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-297
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1998


  • Cancer
  • Morphine
  • Pain
  • Toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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