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What are the consequences of using morphine at end of life?

What are the consequences of using morphine at end of life?

End of life morphine: Morphine is used to make the dying patient more comfortable. It not only reduces pain but also reduces the "air hunger" associated with people dying from respiratory failure, a wonderful thing. ...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


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Can you tell me if morphine can cause death in a terminally ill person?

Complex question: An overdose of morphine can cause death in anyone, not just the terminally ill. Morphine is often used to ease the suffering and pain of the terminally ill. It is not unusual for someone who is terminally ill to finally be comfortable and at peace with their pain medicine and they pass. This does not mean the morphine was the cause of their death. ...Read more

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Is morphine used to quicken death?

Is morphine used to quicken death?

Not for humans: Active euthanasia is illegal in most jurisdictions. However, morphine may be administered for terminal sedation or to provide comfort to someone in respiratory distress during the dying process. This is considered ethical even though it may make death come somewhat sooner. ...Read more

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I had Morphine yrs ago. It stopped my lungs. I was just given Tylenol (acetaminophen) 4. I took them not knowing it turns into Morphine. I'm ok, how is that possible?

I had Morphine yrs ago. It stopped my lungs. I was just given Tylenol (acetaminophen) 4. I took them not knowing it turns into Morphine. I'm ok, how is that possible?

A thought..: .. Morphine acts to suppress the respiratory center of the brain. Another common side effect is histamine release by mast cells causing an itchy rash. I suspect the lung problem was related to the first side effect, the amount of narcotics you received at that time, and your illness. If there is a question, see Allergist, but your description is not classic for an allergy. Notify the doc, too ...Read more

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Can morphine in a esld patient cause hepatic coma, renal failure and ultimately death?

Can morphine in a esld patient cause hepatic coma, renal failure and ultimately death?

No: Hepatic coma is from the buildup of toxins not being processed by the damaged liver...Which can poison the kidneys...And eventually result in death. Morphine or other narcotics may be given to an esld patient to reduce their discomfort as they are passing. ...Read more

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Mom, 84, hospice patient, on morphine 10mg every hr as needed, the last urine was reddish color, stopped eating/drinking for 4 days, # days left?

Mom, 84, hospice patient, on morphine 10mg every hr as needed, the last urine was reddish color, stopped eating/drinking for 4 days, # days left?

End of life: Sorry to see you go through this. It is hard to tell when the kidneys shut down completely and other organs follow. I hope she is comfortable and not in pain, this is the important part. I also hope you have good support from friends and family in such hard times. My warmest sentiments. ...Read more

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What side effects will morphine sulfate have on someone using it at the end of their life?

The way to go there': S no choice. It may cause agitation, so typically we cocktail it with an anti anxiety med. ...Read more