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Morphine for Heart Attack

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Generic Name
morphine

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:

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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Last RevisedFebruary 13, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 13, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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