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Morphine and COPD. Is it safe?
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Morphine and COPD. Is it safe?
Is Morphine safe to use when disgnosed with copd? What are the benefits and the side effects?  Is it safe to take morphine with Lorazpame (anti-depressant). Need any info you can provide as soon as possible. Thank you.
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The safety of morphine is relative.  It relates to pain severity.  When COPD is severe, morphine has the potential to suppress breathing.  However, this is less likely to happen when the doctor carefully adjusts the amount of morphine so that there is substantial, but less than complete relief of pain.  Both morphine and lorazepam can suppress breathing.  With COPD, I would really try to avoid taking more than one medicine at a time that can suppress breathing because of the difficulty of predicting the combined effect.

Whatever is done, it should be with close medical supervision.
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