Morphine side effects respiratory depression

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Avatar n tn Morphine has many side effects. The most dangerous is respiratory depression. Minor degrees of respiratory depression may be detected following standard doses of morphine, but this is not clinically important. With higher doses or in frail patients, the respiratory rate decreases, the patient becomes increasingly sedated, and the pupils very small. One can stop breathing if the respirtory depression is great enough. The pharmacy made an error.
Avatar n tn It is a powerful pain killer with very little of the side effects associated with morphine. Whatever you do, don't suffer in silence and guilt as the puritan lumps who unfortunately now run the country (GW Bush and fellow idiots) would be perfectly happy to let you do. Narcotics used properly are truly wondrous, as I learned when I had to watch my nephew die of neuroblastoma cancer and yet leave this world in enough comfort from morphine to make his last days meaningful rather than horrible.
Avatar m tn yep any opiate causes respiratory depression- some worse than others and also depends on each persons physiology and their reaction to each drug. For me, morphine was the worst- i had severe breathing problems when i was taking the time release form of it. (at prescribed doses= wasnt spiking it, overusing it, crushing it or anything) But second in line for breathign troubles for me was Darvocet of all things.
422425 tn?1307996590 I am having some strange symptoms that I think might be side effects....Just wondering if anyone who has taken it had really weird sleep distubances like funky dreams and feeling like you are drowning. I don't want to quit taking it because it really helps, but this is weird. Just wondering, thought I would post this before asking my DR.
Avatar m tn However, the longer the usage and the higher the dose, the worse the side effects. Some who have been on morphine longer than 6 months or who inject or snort opiates get permanent brain damage which withers the cells which produce natural opiates. These people have the highest failure rate in withdrawal. Opiate replacement therapy supervised by an addiction clinic is really the only place to get Suboxone or Methadone.
Avatar n tn Everyone I have ever known or heard of that got off any opiates was left with severe depression. Is this a standard side effect and how long will it last and how is it best treated? My friend's nephew just went to an addiction doctor who gave him buprenorphine injections and other scripts to get off pain pills. When he asked about an anti-depressant the doctor said "no mood enhancers for addicts." This seems unusual to me.
Avatar n tn I was fortunate enough to be treated with pegylated interferon and ribaviran combination therapy for 48 weeks in 2006/07. I had many side effects during treatment, but I have cleared the virus. The comments from all of you are mirroring my life. I have joint pain in my fingers, wrists, elbows, ankles, knees, hips. I have muscle aches and fatigue from any activity. I have depression. I have lower back pain. I don't sleep well.
Avatar f tn Carbon dioxide (CO2) retention from opioid-induced respiratory depression can exacerbate the sedating effects of opioids. Management of respiratory depression may include close observation, supportive measures, and use of opioid antagonists, depending on the patient's clinical status [see OVERDOSAGE].
Avatar n tn People treated with these medications for pain become tolerant to the effects of morphine-like drugs, and require higher doses of this medication to relieve pain. This condition is called opiate tolerance. With opiate tolerance, the risk of serious side effects, like the respiratory depression common in heroin overdose cases, is greatly reduced. Your mother must be in a great deal of pain and it is important that she is receiving adequate treatment for her pain.
Avatar f tn •Drug Side Effects - Drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting may occur during IT morphine titration. These troublesome symptoms usually settle in a short time. •Respiratory depression can occur during the period where the existing oral opioids are being withdrawn and the IT morphine is being titrated upwards. •Morphine withdrawal reactions can occur during the period where the existing oral opioids are being withdrawn and the IT morphine is being titrated upwards.
Avatar f tn I think a swich from Tramadol to Oxymorphone is a really big leap so watch for severe respiratory depression. Your body will get used to this new med in a week or so and the respiratory depression should subside. Please let us know how it is working for your pain!
Avatar m tn The usual side effects with morphine are respiratory depression, nausea and vomiting, cough suppression, sedation, small pupils, delayed emptying of the stomach, constipation and urinary retention. It can cause histamine release leading to itching of the skin and nose, flushing of skin. The blood pressure may also fall which might have given you a sensation of light headedness initially but it should not persist unless you are on morphine infusion or regular shots.
1331804 tn?1336870958 otherwise, Fentanyl can cause severe and sometimes fatal respiratory depression. So if you are on a strong CII extended release med and are having trouble with side effects, I encourage you to talk to your doctor about the Fentanyl patch. Wishing you more days with less pain!
Avatar n tn Tramadol is generally well tolerated, and side effects are usually transient. Commonly reported side effects include nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, and vomiting. Less commonly reported side effects include itching, sweating, dry mouth, diarrhea, rash, visual disturbances, and vertigo. Some patients who received tramadol have reported seizures.
Avatar m tn My father has been on it since 1990 and takes cymbalta,zoloft for the depression side effects and just is OUT of it alot. He will sit down and just fall asleep. he falls asleep while eating dinner and even standing up talking he dozes off. I know alot of it is the meds make him tired and (he's 64) just normal aging, but, what are the symptoms of drug enduced dementia? He also like... hallucinates.....
Avatar f tn Adderall's effects are felt during the first day of using it. The question is do you like or support well amphetamines (Adderall in your case)? It's not like you need a month to know if it'll help or not. Amphetamines are directly affecting your dopamine and noradrenaline levels and those effects are quite easy to see during even your first day using the drug. The problem is directly related to your Xanax and Adderall combination.
Avatar f tn (Ultram) Tramadol is another opiate occasionally used in low doses in patients with cirrhosis who are experiencing intractable pain because of its impact on peripheral pain pathways, partial inhibition of serotonin reuptake, and low affinity for opioid receptors, thought to result in less sedation, respiratory depression, and potential for tolerance; however, constipation can still be problematic because of anticholinergic adverse effects.
Avatar f tn many people after taking opioids like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, etc. get the side effects of talkativeness, more socially acceptable to various situations, the feeling like you can do anything, etc. Even though that sounds like the side effects are from a stimulant, they are completely the opposite they are downers, central nervous system depressants. in too high of doses they will cause enough respiratory depression to where you stop breathing and then OD.
224049 tn?1204594715 Naloxone is a pure opiate antagonist and prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. Sold under the brand name of Narcan and in combination with buprenorphine as Suboxone. i got this straight off Buprenorphine: A prescription medication for people addicted to heroin or other opiates that acts by relieving the symptoms of opiate withdrawal such as agitation, nausea and insomnia.
Avatar n tn Her current pulmonists keeps trying to ween her off of prednisone since the drug has so many negative side effects. The result is always the same, back to the hospital for several days of high drug dosages (Prednisone & Albuterol) until she is stabilized and able to go home and then we repeat the cycle again!
Avatar n tn they had to give him 3 shots of morphine at the hospital to get him calmed down he was in so much there any long term side effects that might come up because of this....if there is a site to go to please send me the other question...could this have killed or hurt him seriously.....
401095 tn?1351395370 From what I have seen, most people who have become stabilized on Suboxone report very little to no side effects, and those that do report adverse reactions usually only experience trouble sleeping, sweating, and headaches. Other side effects include respiratory depression (as with all opioids), constipation, anxiety, depression, pain, and dizziness. For a full list of side effects, please refer to the prescribing information [PDF] or package insert. What is precipitated withdrawal?
563648 tn?1294326777 Yes I know it is the norco I just don't understand why. I stopped taking them for a few months and they have me feeling like this again. I have had a lot of tests done and they can't find anything. I need them for my pain I just don't want to die from taking them.
Avatar m tn Yes there are other medications such as Dilaudid, which may work better for her pain. A concern is respiratory depression, especially given her frail condition. It is difficult to out weight the medications for pain control with the side effects that come with them. Again I am sorry I was not on MH to see your post last night. I wish you the very best. You and your family are facing some difficult times. We are here if you need to chat or ask additional questions.
2211406 tn?1340502886 I had been on them all before but no pain relief, and the side-effects were horrendous! After my Dr. ignored my calls about the last trial and the side effects for over a WEEK, I just went off of it myself because I was literally ready to kill myself because of the pain and depression. So I saw him the other day and told him I was off it.
1331804 tn?1336870958 I am waiting to take it in the morning tomorrow around 7-8 am so that I can be awake to monitor the effects. I plan to take 30 mg of morphine sulfate ER in an hour and a half, a little earlier than usual to make sure the morphine is completely out of my system before I start the Opana ER tomorrow morning. I don't think I will need ANY breakthrough meds at all with this new dose.
Avatar m tn Welcome to MH. I am glad you found us. I am sorry you have pain that cause you to take pain medications. It is not a fun option. But so many of us here know that there just aren't a lot of good choices for CP suffers. I am late with this comment...sorry had a physically down day but one sentence stands out to me in your post, "This combo works great for the pain..." It takes many of us numerous trials on different combos and we still don't always find a combo that "works great.
Avatar n tn I recently have grown concerned about the long term side effects of UC surgery. When I had the surgery, doctors were pretty confident that the colon only functioned to absorb water, and store waste. We now understand the body on a microscopic level, which reveals the likelihood that there are other compromises to our physiology from losing the colon, other than watery, frequent stools. The body is a complicated network of electrical and chemical networks...that are ALL connected.
Avatar n tn Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) is a great pain reliever, carries a high addictive potential but generally has less side effects than morphine, especially regarding respiratory depression. Another real plus is that there is no aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen mixed in with Dilaudid which can further challenge our livers. If you take the stuff only as needed, let your people know what you're doing and don't have opiate addiction in your past, you should be fine. I hope you get the relief you need.