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What Are The Consequences Of Using Morphine At End Of Life
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
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
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
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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