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Why do we use morphine in acute pulmonary edema?

Why do we use morphine in acute pulmonary edema?

Good question: The growing body of evidence derived from clinical studies suggest that its efficacy may be simply from the decrease of anxiety that accompanies shortness of breath. Reducing catacholemines and secondary vasoconstriction in this condition is indeed beneficial, but this effect can be more safely addressed with benzodiazepines - less incidence of respiratory depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Is morphine ever used to help with pulmonary edema?

Is morphine ever used to help with pulmonary edema?

Yes: In the past, morphine used to be one of the mainstays of treating pulmonary edema. Beside dilating the vessels, it also takes away the feeling of breathlessness and makes the patient feel better in more than one way. ...Read more

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Is morphine in anyway used to help pulmonary edema?

Used to be.: Morphine has been used as a relaxant to assist with ventilation and support in pulmonary edema cases. It serves as an anxiolytic is supposed to decrease the work of breathing. More recent studies, though, suggest it may cause more harm than good. Nowadays its use is limited to heart attack cases (not pulmonary edema per se). ...Read more

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Morphine helps redistribute blood volume in pulmonary edema. How? And is it causing any reabsorbtion of fluid?

In theory it works: As a vasodilator. By increasing peripheral venous blood volume, there is less venous blood returning back to the pulmonary circulation and thereby decrease the formation of pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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I have been having pain and swelling in my knee and feet however despite a low dose of morphine the pain is getting worse it's along my back hips knee?

I have been having pain and swelling in my knee and feet however despite a low dose of morphine the pain is getting worse it's along my back hips knee?

Exam needed: Even when it relieves pain, morphine does nothing to correct the cause of such pain/swelling as you describe. Something is wrong and you need to find the cause and if possible begin to correct it. Pain management may be your only recourse if this is ineffective, but you need to try this first. Let's hope it works since pain meds are not helping you. ...Read more

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Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis &back pain. Causes?

Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis  &back pain. Causes?

Leg modification: Complex regional pain syndrome. It is difficult to explain and to understand. Usually follows a major injury, operation, foreign materials to fix a fracture, etc. Has a sympathetic component (this is why the increased temperature and redness) unilateral sympathetic nerve block might help along with hot.Cold, tens, physical therapy, spinal stimulator. Prevention of bone loss is indicated. ...Read more

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What medicine contains morphine?

What medicine contains morphine?

Morphine: Morphine is usually not in a combined medication. There is one significant exception and that is combination Morphine/Naltrexone. The latter blocks some of the effects of morphine, theoretically preventing addiction. ...Read more

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What medicine contains morphine?

What medicine contains morphine?

Morphine: Morphine is usually not in a combined medication. There is one significant exception and that is combination Morphine/Naltrexone. The latter blocks some of the effects of morphine, theoretically preventing addiction. ...Read more

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What are common nicknames for morphine?

Morphine: There are none. Sometimes a reference is made to the actual morphine product eg Kadian, MS Contin etc.... ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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