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Morphine (Overview)

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting forumations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock pain relief is needed.


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Please explain what exactly is morphine used for, I know pain but what kind?

Please explain what exactly is morphine used for, I know pain but what kind?

Pain...: Acute Pain, and Chronic Pain. Before for chest pain (heart attack) now it's controversial. Works for all types of pain in the body, less effective for neuropathic pain, but still effective. It is also used to treat shortness of breath. ...Read more

Morphine (Overview)

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting forumations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock pain relief is needed.


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Will they give you enough morphine if you are at the end to keep you pain free?

Will they give you enough morphine if you are at the end to keep you pain free?

Yes!: I'm sorry that you have to ask that question, but yes, we should. If you're worried, ask for consult from hospice & palliative care specialist. Better yet, ask to see if you qualify for hospice benefits. If you do, we can then focus on caring for you (and your family) rather than on curing you when a cure isn't realistic. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: morphine?

Please describe the medication: morphine?

See below: Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting forumations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock pain relief is needed. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if morphine use on terminally ill patients is considered euthanasia?

Can someone tell me if morphine use on terminally ill patients is considered euthanasia?

No. Double Effect.: Principle of Double Effect:
1. The nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral;
2. The agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself;
3. The good effect outweighs the bad effect in circumstances sufficiently grave to justify causing the bad effect and the agent exercises due diligence to minimize the harm. ...Read more

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How effective is morphine and lorazepam in treating and alleviating symptoms of angina?

How effective is morphine and lorazepam in treating and alleviating symptoms of angina?

Angina: Morphine is, a drug we usually reserve for late stage angina refractory to the standard medical and interventional / surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Could morphine work as an anxiolytic?

Indirectly.: Morphine treats pain and can treat the sensation of shortness of breath, it could also cause sleepiness. By eliminating the pain and shortness of breath, it could indirectly reduce anxiety. It is not given if anxiety is the only symptom. ...Read more

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Morphine ER 15mg and dilaudid 4mg causing unbearable constipation. What works best for this type of ongoing constipation?

Morphine ER 15mg and dilaudid 4mg causing unbearable constipation. What works best for this type of ongoing constipation?

Lots of water : Best of all is drink plenty of fluids, especially water. That is, if you don't have an underlying medical condition that prevents you from drinking too many fluids (dialysis patients, CHF, SIADH). Walk as it promotes GI motility. Eat a high fiber diet, fruits and vegetables. Take stool softeners and laxatives as needed. ...Read more

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Is expired morphine safe to use?

Expired morphine: In general expired medications still do work. In the real world (everything else but the usa) especially africa expired medications are used. As long as they are not expired by more than 12 mo. In the usa the fda and the lawyers will be after us if an expired med was given and you had a problem. ...Read more

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On a beta blocker & allergic to morphine, nsaids. Considering all this, are there any OTC meds I can safely use for a bad cough and/or congestion?

On a beta blocker & allergic to morphine, nsaids. Considering all this, are there any OTC meds I can safely use for a bad cough and/or congestion?

OTC for cough: Try the various cough formulas like Robitussin (guaifenesin). Guaifenesin is safe. Occasional oral decongestant use should be safe. Dextromethorphan in Robitussin (guaifenesin)-DM is technically related to narcotic family, but shouldn't react to morphine allergy. I would suggest starting with Robitussin (guaifenesin)-PE. ...Read more

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Can Morphine be dangerous when shot into the abdomen?

Yes: Morphine for severe pain can be dangerous however it is taken, so must always be taken as directed by the prescriber. It can sedate, drop blood pressure, & can suppress breathing, particularly for people with breathing problems like asthma or COPD or obstructive sleep apnea. Injectable morphine injected under the skin can cause irritation, but same side effects otherwise. ...Read more

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Can I ask a dr to give me a lethal dose of morphine to die in peace?

Need help: You probably should seek some counciling either from you medical provider or from a psychologist/psychiatrist to discuss why you feel like you do ...Read more

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Help docs! I have:vomiting nausea dry mouth. Was this an allergic reaction or side effect to morphine?

Help docs! I have:vomiting nausea dry mouth. Was this an allergic reaction or side effect to morphine?

Side effect.: If these symptoms occurred shortly after you received morphine they are probably related. These are common side effects of this class of medication. Ask your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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How long does terminally ill person have morphine stay in the system?

Depends: It depends on the form it is given as (iv, oral, extended release oral) as well as the kidney function of the patient.

For immediate release morphine the half-life (time for body to clear half) is 2-4 hours. With normal kidney function that means the parent drug (not metabolite) is gone in 8-16 hours) if the kidneys are working. Longer too much longer if they are not. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a morphine patch durogesic fentanyl to lose effect?

How long does it take for a morphine patch durogesic fentanyl to lose effect?

Narcotic patches: The patch you ask about is not a morphine patch, but is a patch with fentanyl citrate. This is a synthetic potent fat soluble medication much more potent than morphine and with more action in the spinal cord and brain areas due to high fat absorption. Due to this the patch can stay effective for up to 12-24 hours after patch removal even though fentanyl can be broken down quickly be careful. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an overdose of morphine to affect the body and what are the effects?

How long does it take for an overdose of morphine to affect the body and what are the effects?

Morphin overdose: Morphin overdose can and wiil cause
pinpoit pupils
nausea, vomiting, constipation
low BP and weak pulse
difficulty breathing and res arrest
drowsiness and coma
bluish fingernails and lips how long it takes depends on the quantity injected or swalowed, and how long the person has been taking the drug, as patients who have taken for long time have tolerance for the drug. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of using morphine at end of life?

End of life morphine: Morphine is used to make the dying patient more comfortable. It not only reduces pain but also reduces the "air hunger" associated with people dying from respiratory failure, a wonderful thing. ...Read more

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How long does it take for morphine to wear off?

Depends on Type: It all depends on the type of morphine one is taking. There is an immediate release form (ir) and several extended release (er) forms (ms contin, kaidan, avinza, morphine cr). You can expect most ir formulation to last 4-6 hours. Depending on the patient's metabolism some last a little less or more. The er forms last anywhere from 12 -24 hours depending on the brand. ...Read more

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I am on a pain contract with my doctor. I am on methadone and vicodine. Will he be able to tell if I have taken morphine? When he tests my urine will he be able to tell that I have taken some morphine?

I am on a pain contract with my doctor. I am on methadone and vicodine. Will he be able to tell if I have taken morphine? When he tests my urine will he be able to tell that I have taken some morphine?

The : The physician-patient relationship is based on a few important principles, the most important of which is probably trust. Pain management doctors often have the unenviable position of treating their patients with very potent, and therefore very habit-forming, medications. Opioid pain relievers like methadone, morphine, and hydrocodone (found in vicodin) are examples of such medications.

Because they are so potent, they are frequently misused or abused, stolen, traded or sold. Problems arise because these medications cause sleepiness and stun the part of the brain that keeps us breathing when we are asleep. These medications also interact with many other prescription drugs, and with recreational drugs including alcohol. More accidental deaths are caused by these sorts of drugs than by recreational drugs.

Doctors who prescribe these drugs are monitored very closely by agencies including the dea and their state medical boards. Although they are often not responsible for unwanted outcomes from the use of opioid medications, they are often held professionally and legally accountable for them.

Pain management doctors routinely ask their patients to sign a contract agreeing to take only the medications prescribed by that doctor and only according to the doctor's instructions. This is done for at least three reasons: 1) to protect the patient's life; 2) to not ruin the system for other patients (such as could happen if the doctor's dea license was suspended); and, 3) to protect the doctor from lawsuits and professional sanctions.

Doctors frequently test their patients to make sure that the contract is being followed. These days, the test can be very, very accurate and very, very broad. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom combined oxycodone with morphine, are there any drug interactions?

Dangerous!: Both meds are powerful pain relievers in the narcotic family. Combining them could cause an overdose, and in the worst scenario your mother could stop breathing. Brain damage or death could follow. If she is in extreme pain, she needs to see her doctor and find out why. Pain relievers just mask symptoms without treating the problem. Encourage her to get help for the cause of her pain. ...Read more

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Oxyneo/oxycontin for around-the-clock, ms*ir morphine for breakthrough — is this a safe combination?

Oxyneo/oxycontin for around-the-clock, ms*ir morphine for breakthrough — is this a safe combination?

See below: Yes using Oxycontin for around the clock pain with msir (morphine) for breakthrough pain is a reasonable combination. Both medications should be prescribed to you by the same doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to mix morphine and zanax with nyquil?

Is it possible for you to mix morphine and zanax with nyquil?

Not a good idea: Due to the risk of respiratory suppression, it is not a good idea. ...Read more

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I am alergic to morphine and many other analgesics. Is it safe to use a lidoderm pain patch. Does it contain any form of morphine?

I am alergic to morphine and many other analgesics. Is it safe to use a lidoderm pain patch. Does it contain any form of morphine?

Lidocaine: Lidoderm contains Lidocaine which has no cross-reaction with morphine, so it should be safe for you to use it unless you are also allergic to lidocaine. ...Read more

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How strong is a morphine pill?

Morphine: It's one of the strongest pain medicine in medical history with all its pros and cons ...Read more

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Is expired morphine safe to use?

Expired morphine: In general expired medications still do work. In the real world (everything else but the usa) especially africa expired medications are used. As long as they are not expired by more than 12 mo. In the usa the fda and the lawyers will be after us if an expired med was given and you had a problem. ...Read more