Side effects

Anaesthetics consist of a number of medications that can cause side effects in some people. Your anaesthetist will tell you about any side effects you may experience after having a specific type of anaesthetic, and measures that will be taken to reduce any side effects.

Some of the common side effects that can occur after having a general anaesthetic and some regional anaesthetics include:

  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Dizziness and feeling faint
  • Feeling cold or shivering
  • Headache
  • Sore throat because of the breathing tube
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Aches and pains

The side effects of anaesthetic do not usually last very long and some of them can be treated if necessary. You should tell the healthcare professionals treating you if you experience any of the above side effects or if you are in pain after your procedure.

Last updated: September 23, 2019