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Doctor insights on: Does Morphine Speed Up The Dying Process

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When morphine is given to someone with a terminal illness, does it speed up the dying process?

When morphine is given to someone with a terminal illness, does it speed up the dying process?

No.: No, as long as it's given at the proper dosage. Extremely high doses can cause respiratory depression (i.e. Decreased breathing function), but at palliative doses, it is simply that: palliation. (note from 30 years in practice md: palliative narcotics are for many dying patients the ideal intervention to unrelenting pain, allowing them to relax or sleep and to carry on with normal dying.). ...Read more

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Morphine (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Why do the doctors give morphine to dying patience?

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. ...Read more

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What can morphine do for the dying?

Narcotic analgesic: Opioid analgesics are a group of both naturally occurring and synthetic compounds that have morphine-like activity. Narcotic analgesics are the most efficacious agents available for relief of pain. The "major" narcotic analgesics (morphine, oxycodone and meperidine) are indicated for moderate to severe pain. ...Read more

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Please help, how much morphine and ativan (lorazepam) is too much when do comfort measures on a dying patient.?

Depends: Any amount that they need to make them more comfortable without being the cause of their death. Are you sure the patient is dying and it it not a recoverable illness? ...Read more

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Re: withdrawal, how long will avinza (morphine) 60 mg remain in my system before wd s?

See below: Avinza (morphine) is dosed every 24 hours. Based on a half life of 4 hours it should not take much more than a day for it to be out of your system. ...Read more

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How long does morphine stay in your system?

How long does morphine stay in your system?

See below : It depends on the formulation and delivery system but immediate release morphine gas a half time of 2-4 hours. Like all drugs it take 4 half lives to be eliminated so 8-16 hours. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if morphine can cause a terminally ill person to die sooner?

Can you tell me if morphine can cause a terminally ill person to die sooner?

It can. Super rare.: Principle of Double effect. the nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral; the agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself; 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. It rarely happens. ...Read more