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Continuous infusion: A morphine drip is a continuous morphine intravenous infusion. Pain medications such as morphine can be administered as an infusion to help with constant pain. In some cases, a patient controlled administraion infusion (PCA) system is used whereby you can safely administer yourself an extra dose when needed for severe pain. ...Read more
Is it possible to be immune to narcotic medications ? I got injured and was given a morphine drip but no response. But Toradol worked wonders?
No real immunity: You can be intolerant to narcotics (getting bad reaction or an allergy). You can be insensitive ( when a higher dose than usual is needed for an effect) or an error could have occurred where there was no morphine in that drip! Fortunately, with the Toradol, all was well. ...Read more
My aunt is acting paranoid, aggressive, verbally abusive to family members, drs don't know why, she has cancer & is on morphine. She is on morphine drip, but now she is acting very strange, paranoid, aggressive, verbally abusive, screaming at family membe
You : You have described a complex situation. I am sorry to hear about your auntâ€™s health. There are a number of possible reasons for this behavior. Possible side effects from morphine can include paranoia, hallucinations, agitation, confusion, mood swings, restlessness, difficulty with thinking and delerium. Delerium is sudden confusion and rapid changes in brain function. You described that she is confused. Confusion can be related to electrolyte disturbances, to severe depression, medications, malignancies effecting the brain, insufficient oxygen, infections and failure of various organs (just to mention some causes). It is doubtful that her cancer caused her to become schizophrenic. It can be difficult in a very ill patient who may have delerium, especially if she is older, to determine what the exact cause is. ...Read more
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
Morphine dosage: That depends. If you have been on opiates - lortab, percocet, ect. I may be perfectly safe as long as it's given in divided doses - say three times a day where it totals 80mg. For someone who never takes opiates, to take 80 mg of morphine all at once could kill them by supressing respiration. This effect is amplified by alcohol, benzos and medicines like soma (carisoprodol). ...Read more