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Does morphine work better than hydrocodone for relief of shortness of breath?

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Neither: Both are pain killers and morphine depresses breat center in brain.

Answered 8/28/2013

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Narcotics: Narcotics are not useful for shortness of breath unless pain is preventing a patient from taking a deep breath, such as upper abdominal pain or pain from multiple rib fractures. Epidural block or intercostal nerve blocks are more effective than narcotics for these conditions.

Answered 9/3/2013

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