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Is there any medical use for morphine?

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Is there any medical use for morphine?
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As an anesthesiologist, I administer morphine daily. I use it in the operating room as part of the anesthetic, although not as frequently as the much stronger and quicker-acting narcotic, fentanyl.

I like to give morphine to patients who are not allergic or who don't have nausea and vomiting as a side-effect, near the END of the surgery. This helps the patient wake up without pain. In turn, people who are not in pain tend to wake up more 'smoothly'. Their heart rates and blood pressures stay stable, which is beneficial. Blood pressure that is elevated at the end of surgery leads to risk of bleeding from surgical sites, so morphine helps in this regard.

After surgery, morphine can be given either as in intravenous or intramuscular injection for pain relief. Morphine is also the most common drug to be used in PCA - patient controlled analgesia. This is the tubing that flows into an IV line and the patient is able to push a button to self-administer morphine (the rate, dose and total dose per hour are carefully controlled and locked into the device so as not to allow an inadvertant overdose).

The other time I use morphine is in spinal anesthetics. If someone is having a knee replacement or cesarean section or other surgery with a spinal anesthetic, I add a tiny bit of morphine to the numbing medicine that I inject into the spinal fluid. This helps control pain for a good 24 hours after surgery. This means that, although the side effects of morphine can still occur, they may be decreased because the morphine is not circulating through the veins and the whole body like it would be if injected intravenously.

As with any narcotic pain medicine, there is potential for side effects, complications, abuse and withdrawl, so it should be used with care in the proper medical setting.

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There are several uses of Morphine sulphate in Medical science:
1. Being the strongest analgesic (Pain killer) Morphine is used in severe pain conditions like cancer pain, Myocardial Infarction (Heart attack) pain, accidental trauma pain, surgical pain etc when other pain medications fail to provide relief.
2. To complement anesthesia medications
3. In IHD (Ischemic heart diseases like Angina pectoris, Myocardial infarction etc).

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Morphine is commonly used after surgery for sever pain and administered thru a dose pump where the patient can hit the control when they feel a need for more pain medication. The pump will limit the amount of medicine the patient gets and how often they receive it so they can not over dose.

The other time morphine is used is during many end stage illnesses, such as cancer, to control the patient's pain.

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Absolutely! Morphine, in it's pure form, is typically used for relief of acute pain and for end of life pain relief. Morphine derivatives are obviously less potent, but are frequently used for pain relief post-surgically.

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Morphine can be used to control pain,Myocardial infarction,cardiac asthma,administration before anesthesia and surgery.

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Morphine is used in medicine to control severe pain.

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