Ive not used it yet.
Does anyone here have experience of taking it to relieve an acute SOB episode ? Im unsure when I ought take it, should I take it as soon as I feel SOB ? and how long does it take to be effective ?
I have COPD and heart disease, my Doctor has prescribed oral morphine 5ml 4xdaily or as required.?
- 5 Jul 2013 by blako
- 6 July 2013
- heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, morphine, doctor, heart, disease, acute
Hi blako, 5mls sounds like a lot to me, but, then that depends on how strong the morphine is. Different Strengths. I have CAD, Crohns and a few others too. I use the Fentanyl patch for pain and Morphine for breakthru pain. Until January of this year I was prescribed 1-2mls every 4 waking hours. Each ml in my dose was 20mg, so by taking 2 mls. I was getting 40mg every 4 hours. As of Jan 13', it was decided for me that that was too much, now I can take same amount but have to wait 6 hrs in between. My concern with that much of a dose at once is it can affect breathing in a negative way, and when we aren't breathing right, our hearts could not be getting enough oxygen. Are you sure it is 5 mls? Could it possibly be 5mg?? Double check with Pharmacist and ask for a measuring device to fit your situation. I think there may be a miscommunication here. Check and double check. If I took 5mls, that would be enough to stop my breathing in my sleep. Be careful, hon.
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