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    Morphine for Heart Attack

    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.

    Side Effects

    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.
    • Nausea.

    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.


    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
    Last Revised February 13, 2013

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