Morphine for terminally ill patients

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Morphine in terminally ill patients is used more than just for pain. Another us it may be used for is for breathing difficulties. If a patient is working hard to breathe and breathing 20-30 times a minute morphine is given to slow the respirations which in turn relaxes the smooth muscles in the lung and allows better oxygen exchange. It also can be used to decrease restlessness and of course pain management.
The doctor here wanted to know about the guidelines for future reference. He treats lots of hospice patients. He does not want to do anything to harm someone; his goal is comfort. Sorry if I came across wrong.
Thank you for responding, I just learned that a year ago well he was at a party he was introduced to them, and has done them since, he admitted he snorted them at the party but then just started to swallow them "normally" after the party cause he felt sick, he is/was perscribed percocett for pain but i think once the doctor hears this he will loose those i would imagine.
I am reading more and more stories of patients survivors accusing Hospice of giving overdoses of morphine to patients in order to speed up their deaths. I think it is humane to help people that are terminally ill not be uncomfortable while in the dying process but to blatenly overdose patients is unethical and should be considered murder. http://www.hospicepatients.org/euth-acct-four.
Hospice many times gives moraphine to terminally ill patients. I promise you it does ease the suffering. My prayers are with you during this time.
I have to disagree with you that hospice does not kill patients....I think - and have asked a hospice volunteer coordinator if they give extremely high doses of morphine to terminally ill patients and I was told that "yes, they do". We all know that morphine shuts down your respiratory system, in essence, killing the patient. Yes, they are not in pain, but how long might they have lived had they not been given leathal doses of pain medication?
I wouldn't recommend this medication unless you plan on using it the rest of your life. It was orginally prescribed ONLY for terminally ill cancer patients. I do encourage you to inbox msg me. I've been on it for several years & know MANY people who have used it as well, all of their responses are different, but equally important. You want to be as informed as possible BEFORE you start taking it.
Although doctors have used morphine for centuries to treat short-lived pain, like that experienced in surgery, they have considered the drugs dangerous for longer use, capable of turning people into addicts, who would then crave escalating doses and waste away in a stupor.
The lady also mention about the fentanal patches that i was on and that i'm on such a high does the highest there is which are only used on terminally ill cancer patients and that its a drug that in america is not liked much as its an opiod. Has anyone else heard of this?
I know with hospice patients they give morphine on demand. Interesting question, don't know the answer, and am not really qualified to speculate. Thanks for the thought provoking post.
My mother was not terminally ill at the time.Without her medications she probably was.Does anyone for any reason have the right to withdraw heart medications unless the patient is in the final stage of dying and their organ are shutting down? Thank you.
I would never, in my right mind, agree to a drug such as this, knowing what I now know. It was designed for terminally ill cancer patients who will never be coming off the drug, you understand what I mean? They have made their way into the regular chronic pain management world and that's been one of the biggest mistakes ever. There are class actions lawsuits for wrongful, accidental deaths caused by Fentanyl. It's supposed to be designed to release into the body at a steady rate.
hi can I just say that I am a size 6 -8 always have been and I eat a lot n have been seriously ill for over a year now and also receive prejudice from medics for been to thin . I know my body and in the last year it has changed so much areas have become inflamed and bones have grown n due to my thin frame it took me months to be heard n that was only coz of raised ace levels . basically all I.
It's not only mentally addictive but it's physically as well. As far as why they have this stuff on the market is because a lot of terminally ill patients need these kind of drugs. I think the problem is doctors that presribe Percocet (oxy) and other strong Narcotic for a TOOTHACHE!! Thats what is crazy. I used to go to the doctor and tell him I had a freakin headache, or I would tell him My tooth was hurting and I would get a prescription for 15-20 oxys! Amazing how easy you can get it.
DO NOT TAKE! This drug is really only meant for the terminally ill! Its the most horrible pain medicine to come off of. I was not addicted to it and had no idea I was going on the strongest pain medicine in the world. It is 100x stronger than morphine and 50 x stronger than herion. It causes all kinds of side effects. I had a friend on it for 3 weeks and she wanted to die when she was tapering off of it. This drug is hell and is not worth it. Stay away! You will thank me!
It would be nice if America followed suit and provided marijuana for those people that truly would benefit from its use; especially, the terminally ill. What harm would come to those that obtained relief from the excrutiating pain of some cancers? Since some Canadians come to America for improved-quality healthcare, maybe we could send some of America's sickest patients to Canada for legitimate pain relief.
I'm sorry you're in agony. I'm currently on 80 mg oxycontin twice a day, enough for a terminally ill patient, I'm a nurse, and I still have bad days, like now. Also Diazepam, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and ritalin, otherwise I'm more dead than alive. My team explained the "way" as a physical reaction to years of excessive stress. The problem is I want to work, deskjob, but in Belgium if you're ill, you can't work, study, nothing.
On the other hand, Oxycodone etc used to be set in reserve for the terminally ill. Because of the addictive properties. Now it is handed out like aspirin. So, there are problems on all sides. What is the answer? Its hard to put the cow back in the barn once you leave the barn door open. I also agree with the poster about smoking, alcohol. They could easily make them illegal, but prefer to make money off em.
Her coping method with any medical problem has always been to ignore it, treat with over-the-counter meds and finally deny its very existence. Last year she became ill enough that she was forced to face her numerous medical problems, which are: 1. Severe scoliosis and spinal stenosis. Her right hip is several inches higher than the other. She postponed surgery for so many years that the neurosurgeon doubts he can help her.
Lastly, I was in a bad accident many years ago where I was laid up in the hospital for quite a while with very painful injuries. They gave me morphine for several days, which definitely makes you feel better. But even after just a few days I did not want to come off of it. Plus it constipated the he11 out of me. If you're in desperate pain, especially if you're terminally ill, then opiates certainly have their place. Otherwise, they're the scourge of humanity. I'd avoid them at all costs.
I will never support the viewpoint that makes avoiding addiction more important than dying in dignity and peace. In his case, I thank God for morphine. I'll say it again. Thank God for morphine! You have to be close to these situations to fully appreciate the merciful role drugs like morphine and oxycodone can play in people's lives.
Now that did not make a lost of sense to me because I have been off the patch for almost 3 weeks and the morphine for almost two weeks and I refused! I just wanted to get a decent nights sleep. So be gave me Diazepam 5mg. I had to take a couple the first day but then cut back to the prescribed dosage 2.5 as needed. So far this is day two and I have had some reasonable sleep for the first time in weeks. I only take this medication WHEN needed for sleeping.
I guess he meant both, but if he thinks it does more harm than good, then only certain pain sufferers should get it or terminally ill patients??? Not sure. Thanks for your reply and WOW to you. Great information. I feel like I could write a book...lol Actually I believe "tom" would be best for that task. I was wondering what had happend to you? Can't believe everyone's been sooo sick. Take some vitamin "c"...its non-addictive...
I really think these pills (everything from Darvocet to Morphine) should be as illegal as cocaine, and only given to those who are terminally ill. There are other ways of coping with pain. We all know this. Why is this happening? I know at least 10 people personally addicted to some sort of legal narcotic. How is this happening? Pharmaceutical companies. Doctors over prescribing. Shizzle like that. We should start a class action lawsuit against them. I have a degree in law...
She was the most understanding, compassionate doc I have known when it comes to pain, and pain patients in this entire region of the country will suffer for what has been done to her.
Oxycontin.- While awaiting the scan results I was given oxycontin for pain relief, this seemed to do the trick for 2 weeks, 10mg 2x a day, then things hurt again so up the dose went 20mg 2x a day, then 40mg 2x a day, then 80mg 2x a day and up to 120mg 2x a day, recognise the scenereo anyone??..
I firmly believe we should all have the right to make our own choices and not be dictated to by those that have different opinions to ours. ie: Quite simply, if you don't believe in abortion, don't have one. If you don't believe in Assisted suicide or Euthanasia, that is your right but don't impose what is right for you on others. The word "Euthanasia" means "good death". And that is exactly what I want for myself.
My dad took 2 weeks to die he slept more and more but had periods where he was awake and very aware of his surrounding we would talk to him and tell him how much we loved him. He was on a Morphine pump for pain and had regular visits from the hospice nurses at first when we got him home he was eating a little then stopped completely. We would wet the inside of his mouth with special sponges on a stick to moist his mouth as they get very dry sometimes he would suck on this.
( I really hope society's attitude to opiates changes as the horror of it all is that the patients who require it (and aren't terminally ill) are punished. I haven't had a day without pain for as long as I can remember, at best with the pain meds I've had a reduction in pain levels and I've been able to sleep. It would seem that doctors would class that as unreasonable, as too much to ask.
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