What makes a person's gag reflexes stop working? When patient has been talking morphine and ativan (lorazepam) for alcoholic hepatitis.

It depends. Chronic alcohol dependency can damage every organ in the body (except the kidneys). That means, alcohol can damage the nerves responsible for the gag reflex, plus, strong opiates like morphine can inhibit the gag reflex. So, it is possible morphine can make an already bad situation worse, possibly resulting in aspiration pneumonitis.

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