Morphine is an opioid. It acts upon
specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord to decrease the feeling of pain
and to reduce the emotional response to pain.
For a heart attack, morphine is used in the emergency setting to relieve pain.
Morphine effectively treats moderate
to severe pain.
Morphine is given in the hospital. So a person is watched closely for any side effects.
Common side effects of morphine include:
See Drug Reference for a full
list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
For a heart attack, morphine is given for a short time to relieve pain.
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February 13, 2013
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
& Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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