Morphine for Heart Attack
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How It Works
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.
Why It Is Used
For a heart attack, morphine is used in the emergency setting to relieve pain.
How Well It Works
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:
- Trouble breathing.
- Feeling lightheaded or tired.
See Drug Reference for a full
list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
For a heart attack, morphine is given for a short time to relieve pain.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF) (What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine; E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
April 29, 2011