Alternative Painkillers for Morphine

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Morphine is more known as a narcotic drug that can lead to addiction than for its use as a pain killer. Morphine belongs to a group of drugs known as opiates. Morphine is derived from raw opium or poppy plant as it is called.  When morphine is taken, it  activates the opiate receptors and large amounts of dopamine are released by the body which gives a feeling of  pleasure  and this feeling releases more dopamine in the nucleus accumbens and cerebral cortex and results in the person experiencing euphoria immediately and  slowly  goes into a relaxed state for the next few hours.

 

It is this mechanism that can lead a person sometimes to get  addicted to morphine. Mostly patients  undergoing cancer treatment are prescribed morphine sometimes to reduce the  acute pain. Morphine is mostly used  for short term pain relief. Morphine belongs to the stronger class of opiods such as Diamorphine, Oxycodone, Hydrpmorphone.

 

Can morphine be used as an alternative to pain killers?

Morhphine is used in terminally ill cancer patients for treating acute intense pain. Where non narcotic drugs cant be used due to either intolerance ot them or allergy reasons, acidity, Morphines are a better alternative  to treat pain.  Most of the time people are scared they might get addicted to it but if taken according to the dosage  schedule  one  doesn't get addicted to it.  Morphine is given in different ways such as,

  • Slow release tablet form or Quick release tablets.
  • As a liquid in form of an injection or I.V.
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  • tablets that dissolve under the tongue

Diamorphine is a form of  given as an injection as it easily dissolves in water. When the pain increases, specially in terminally ill patients the dosage is increased for extra relief. 

 

It is interesting to note that, one can reduce this burden of pain by adopting some natural medicine found in daily foods. Some of them, I have listed below:

  • Peanuts : Peanuts is considered one of the best sources of trytophan. Trytophan lessens pain sensitivity of the body within an hour of its consumption. There are also other foods in which it is abundantly available. Some of them are sunflower seeds, dairy products, whole grains, dried beans, lentils, seafood and rice.
  • Cabbage : Cabbage comes under the cruciferous family and most the members in this family are excellent source of antioxidants. This is done by their action against muscles by helping in its formation, joints and other bodily tissues also stay healthy and strong on account of it. This can be used in the daily consumption of the food.
  • Grapes : Grapes are a high source of resveratrol, a well known substance that is popular in preventing heart disease. It also prevents pain causing COX-2 enzyme which can be thought of a naturally available drug.
  • Green tea : As regard to the experts they say that intake of green tea is a good way for keeping healthy. The green tea has antioxidants and other pain fighting compounds which reduces the tingling and aches of our nerves.
  • Omega-3 acids : Fatty fishes like salmon, mackerel or sardines are an excellent source of omega-3 acids. It reduces inflammation that causes pain. So it’s good to have a daily dosage of fish in your daily intake.
  • Orange : Orange is a rich source of beta-cryptoxanthin which is potent chemical for natural pain relieving. This potent chemical also can be found in apricot, food in apricot, nectarines, tangerines, peaches, plum and watermelon.
  • Herbs : It plays an important role in reducing pain which is generally also used as a natural home remedy. The best herbs are: basil, cayenne, cloves, licorice, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary thyme and turmeric.

These lists are not complete medicine but they can act as supplements. It’s therefore advisable to use them as part of your daily food intake.

 

Precautions while using Morphine

Do not drink alcohol while you are using morphine. Combination of morphine and alcohol is dangerous. Death can occur when alcohol is combined with morphine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain any alcohol.

 

Never take over dose of morphine. Do not stop taking morphine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Take doctors advice before stopping the medication. Morphine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Morphine should not be used if you have:

  • Breathing disorders (like asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other).
  • Liver or kidney disease.
  • Underactive thyroid.
  • Curvature of the spine.
  • Addison's disease or other adrenal gland disorders.
  • Enlarged prostate, urination problems.
  • Mental illness.
  • A history of drug or alcohol addiction or head injury or brain tumor.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Gallbladder disease.
  • Morphine may be harmful to an unborn baby, and could cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Morphine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.