Managing the Side Effects of Pancreatic Cancer and Its Treatment
Development of Diabetes
- Excess thirst
- Increased appetite
- Frequent urination
- Feeling shaky or jittery
- Dizziness, fainting
- Fast heartbeat
- Blurry vision
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Easy bleeding or bruising
Problems Digesting Food
- Mouth irritation
- Skin rashes
- Abdominal cramps or pain
- Pain or diarrhea
- Stools that look greasy or float on the toilet water
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing
- Hydrocodone (Dilaudid)
- Morphine (Oramorph, MS Contin)
- Methadone (Dolophine)
- Oxycodone (Roxicodone, Oxycontin)
- Fentanyl patch (Duragesic)
Acetaminophen combined with:
- Oxycodone (Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Light-headedness or feeling faint
- Nausea or vomiting
- Constipation—A study found that the medication methylnaltrexone (Relistor) can rapidly relieve this side effect.
Nausea and Vomiting
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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