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Morphine Uses

How Does Morphine Work?

Morphine is a narcotic, opiate pain reliever. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous different effects. These effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Pain relief
  • Cough suppression
  • Drowsiness
  • Anxiety relief
  • Unusual unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or unusual pleasant feelings (euphoria)
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Physical dependence.

Can It Be Used in Children?

Morphine is not approved for use in children. However, this does not mean that it cannot be used in children. In fact, morphine is often used to relieve severe pain in children (especially in the hospital setting).

Off-Label Uses for Morphine

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend morphine for something other than the uses discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). In addition to using morphine in children, other off-label uses include using inhaled morphine to treat shortness of breath or using morphine to hasten death (such as for "assisted suicide"). However, it should be noted that morphine is not the best medication for hastening death in a quick and painless manner.
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