Morphine for breathing

Don

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My hospice nurse has suggested the use of morphine under my tongue in extremely small quantity to relax me and make breathing easier. I have not tried this yet, has anyone else used this treatment?
 

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I've known other PALS that do this to alleviate pain and anxiety. All opioids, and some other meds, suppress breathing but using small amounts to make you comfortable is a common practice.
 

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I use CBD oil to relax and alleviate pain. It works well.
Al
 

Nikki J

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Morphine helps with anxiety and pain yes but also in small doses can ease breathing physiologically. It is used a lot in hospice for all kinds of conditions. Too much can depress respiration but starting with a tiny dose and adjusting if/ when needed will allow your team to help you
 

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taking tiny doses regularly is the best way and palliative care are usually really good at managing this. you can get a lot of relief by regular tiny doses, better relief than by letting pain or anxiety build and having to take a single bigger dose. It really does help the breathing done this way :)
 

Don

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Thank you all for the feedback
 

Rose Bud

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My husband just began taking a small dose of morphine for air hunger during the day this past week. At night he is on the trilogy. It is working very well for him.
 
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