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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Morphine
Any Connection Between Morphine & Seizures [posted 10/21/98]
Answer: Very uncommon if the machine was set up correctly. Seizures per se on morphine would be very rare.
When to Take Morphine [posted 10/13/98]
Answer: Often causes nausea on an empty stomach;but absorbed a little better. Often what you GI tract will tolerate.
Morphine [posted 10/9/98]
Answer: How long does the morphine last? Usually no longer than 12 hours of analgesia.
Morphine [posted 7/30/98]
Answer: Probably not the morphine if it persists 3 days. Morphine is generally cleared within 12 hours. She probably has an underlying problem that the morphine exacerbated.
Morphine [posted 7/16/98]
Answer: This is the morphine unless the cancer has spread to his brain, which is doubtful. It is due to the interaction of the morphine on different neuro receptors in the brain and does not predispose to death other than by overdose of the morphine. In general, we try to achieve analgesia without this type of effect, I would have his physician look at his doses again.
Answer: There does not appear to be any special teratogenetic effect of morphine. The fetus will become addicted and will have their breathing suppressed at birth if morphine is present. However, no specific studies have been done. However, there is much experience with addicted mothers and there really doesn't appear to be much problem, except addition of the child. Long term studies are currently underway to follow development, but they are not completed.
Answer: As with any medication, check the imprinted "use by" or "use before" date on the bottle itself or on the box in which the bottle was packaged. Morphine, like any medication can lose its medicinal effect if stored and not used for a prolonged time. For specifics of how long medications can last you should call the manufacturing pharmaceutical company of your particular medication. If you are in doubt as to the age of any medication prescription you may have, do not use it. Rather, discard the medication and see your doctor for a new prescription. That way both you and your physician know you are getting the full expected benefits from the medication you are taking.
Answer: Morphine is derived from opium and is one of the alkaloids, phenanthrene class to be exact. This drug can be synthesized; but, is very difficult and expensive. Many modifications have been synthesized, codeine, etc. from the basic structure. It obtains its major effect by its ability to bind to receptors in the CNS and the bowel.