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Pain-Management

17 August 2010

Possible side-effects and complications

Complications include blood pressure drop, sedation and headaches.

Some complications have been discussed already under the heading “Is an epidural safe?”

Sedation and respiratory depression
Again morphine and related drugs are responsible for this, especially morphine. They can make you feel a bit drowsy and sleepy and decrease your impulse to breathe. Fortunately this rarely happens, but the nursing staff would have to check every two to four hours that you’re not becoming too sleepy and that  your breathing is fine.

 

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