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Terrible opiate side effect.

Hi everyone!  My husband and I are both intractable, chronic pain patients.  Opiates are part of the regimen we use to deal with the pain.  Occasionally one or the other of us used to have a side effect that no one seems even to have heard of.  It begins with awful, sulfur smelling belching, stomach problems, such as nausea, throwing up, and occasional diarrhea, and lasts usually 2-3 days.  My symptoms are more abdominal, bloated feeling, but no nausea or vomiting.  The thing in common is the sulfur smelling fumes.  I thought that would help me to be able to identify the side effect, but no luck.  We know that this is opiate related.  I've detailed the symptomology for my own use in tryinPg to understand what's going on, and the opiate medication is the only thing that can be causing this.  It does seem to be related to long acting pain meds as opposed to short acting (breakthrough) meds.  If anyone has experienced anything like this, or knows what this is, I'd be very grateful for your input.  Thanks so much, Pat R.



  • Those are weird symptoms.  When you vomited, did you see any blood in the emesis?  This almost sounds like an allergic issue with the medication.  Definitely let your doctor(s) know what's going on!


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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,260

    You could also ask your doctor to perform a personalized gene drug interaction test. It's a simple test using only a swab in the mouth. This will tell them what your metabolism is capable of handling, what meds work and which one don't. It saves money and time you spend on trying to find out what works.

    Good luck and please keep us posted.

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  • It could be the inert ingredients in the meds or the dyes too.

  • what brand is the opiate you are taking? I had terrible results when my pharmacy switched from Actavis oxycodone 10/325 to Cambers. Cambers has a lot of side affects according to the number of people I've read having issues.

  • I had similar side effects, bloating, sour stomach, and belching with a sulfur taste. Like painpho, it was the switch to Cambers oxycodone 10/325. Half of the pill had a yellow coloring on it. Walmart, Walgreens, and Rite Aid all use this company, why you ask, because its cheaper. I discovered that CVS does not use any Cambers products because of numerous complaints.


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