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Does an overdose of dosulepin cause painful death?

Does an overdose of dosulepin cause painful death?

Why: Do you ask? These types of questions scare me. If you are asking for yourself, seek help because help is always a phone call away. Call 1-800-273-8255 national suicide prevention lifeline the pain caused by an overdose of this drug is mostly felt by the people who will miss the individual. ...Read more

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My sister committed suicide from a drug/alcohol overdose. I know it depends on the drug(s) & amount of alcohol. Would this been a painful death?

My sister committed suicide from a drug/alcohol overdose. I know it depends on the drug(s) & amount of alcohol. Would this been a painful death?

Usually not: People who have witnessed such deaths describe them as peaceful. I'm very sorry about your sister and whatever it was that caused her to decide life wasn't worth living. Our minds play tricks on us, and each of us has times when we are not ourselves. I hope you'll cherish the memories that you had together, and live your own life richly and well. ...Read more

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Would it be a painful death if i intook 2-5 times more alcohol into my body than the limit ?The legal limit being 80mg on 100ml of blood. Not anything personal,just wanted to know,so please be as detailed as possible,thank you very much for the help!

Would it be a painful death if i intook 2-5 times more alcohol into my body than the limit ?The legal limit being 80mg on 100ml of blood.
Not anything personal,just wanted to know,so please be as detailed as possible,thank you very much for the help!

Etoh & death: If you drink a sufficiently large amount of alcohol you will eventually become unconscious and "blank out". Of course, before you actually black out you may have engaged in some outrageous foolish activity which could lead to your demise. Alcohol is not a good anesthetic but it does screw up your thinking and memory. ...Read more

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Is alcohol poisoning a long painful death?

Is alcohol poisoning a long painful death?

Depends...: Dying of acute alcohol poisoning, as in the case of a youngster playing drinking games, is probably painless but is a terrible waste. Dying of the long-term effects of alcoholism involves either serious brain damage or the nausea, itching, and disfigurement of liver failure. Those who die of alcohol hurt others in the process and after. Thanks for choosing to use it wisely or not at all. ...Read more

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Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

No: Patients in renal failure who are not on dialysis accumulate renal toxins in their bloodstream. This affects brain function, causing the patient to feel sleepy, be confused, and lose their appetite. If a patient has no remaining renal function when they stop dialysis, they will fall into a uremic coma 7-10 days after stopping dialysis, and die within 14-21 days. This process is painless. ...Read more

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Dementia pt. on DNR, only IV of morphin, no V/S, just palliative care, no nutrients. What is happening to body and is this a slow painful death? Time?

Comfort care: Sorry to hear situation. With dementia patient, likely very little mental function in the best of times. With patient receiving no nutrition, level of consciousness likely even less. IV morphine will likely be effective at minimizing/eliminating any discomfort. Patient should be resting. This is a painful situation for the family/friends. That is certainly normal/to be expected. ...Read more

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My mother recently died of a pulmonary embolism. Was this likely a very painful death? Would she have had any moment of relief prior to dying? Thk u

Variable: I am sorry for your loss. It is not feasible to answer your question without knowing more about your mother's health history. Pulmonary emboli can cause sudden death, without warning and no suffering. At the other extreme, pulmonary emboli may be silent. In between there may be chest pain, shortness of breath, cough with blood sputum and symptoms of heart failure. Consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-embolism/home/ovc-20234736 ...Read more

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How painful is death from respiratory failure?

It varies: If you see people who are drowning, they really struggle at the beginning. People who develop resp failure from sepsis or copd, they suffer initially, but as the co2 rises it serves as a narcotic and we see them gasping but probably not suffering once consciousness wanes. But acute resp failure from any cause makes someone struggle. So please don't do anything bad. ...Read more

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Do ALS patients suffer painful, suffocating death?

Do ALS patients suffer painful, suffocating death?

My view: Yes, many ALS patients suffer pain, but they rarely suffocate, as typically, when needed, a tracheostomy tube is placed. But demise can often be due to pneumonia. ...Read more

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