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Why do the doctors give morphine to dying patience?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
To ease their pain: Bone pain is excruciating and keep one up at night with cancer in the bone. So, morphine helps provide relief, so they can actually rest during their last days on Earth. It's very humane, and the addiction potential is not the issue. Controlling the unremitting pain is the key!
Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Doctors give enough medication to control the pain , but to keep the patient alet enough to be able to say their good bye to their family and loved ones . This also helps the family to let go peacefully . I hope this helps . Each case is different .
Jul 12, 2014
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Comfort: This medicine can provide comfort in the final stages of death and let a person pass in peace and not pain.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Morphine: Morphine is given so that the patient will have a restful, painless demise. Family's wishes also plays a minor role
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 20 years experience
Provides comfort: Morphine helps to ease two of the most concerning processes with the dying patient, which are pain and the sensation of suffocation. If the decision is made to let nature take its course, appropriate doses of morphine can help relieve suffering.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Morphine eases pain: and eases respiration so they do not feel like they are suffocating. It makes them more comfortable as they are dying.

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