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Does Morphine 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please help, how much morphine and ativan 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
Is it true that heroin more efective than morphine keeping you pain free and lucid when dying of cancer?
Absolutely Not !: Heroin has no beneficial attributes even to someone with a terminal illness, in my opinion. ...Read more
My dad is 92 &dying. They've taken him off everything but liquid morphine.It's been7days like this. Eyes always open.How long can he hang on like this?
Variable.: The elimination half life (or time required for the morphine to fall to half its previous value) is about two to four hours. Certain tests however can be very sensitive and detect small amounts of morhpine in the system for quite some time after this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 any where from 12 -24 hours depending on the brand. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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