Can Morphine be harmful to people with sleep apena?

Question by foxyl67: Can Morphine be harmful to people with sleep apena?
Besides all the other problems my husband has had. He has sleep apnea the doctor had him on pain meds for his arm and shoulder like vicadine, morphine, ultrim. The dr. stopped giving him morphine after a year because it interfered with his sleep apnea if that was the case why did he give it to him in the first place and should they have weined him off of it.
I felt there has been something wrong I know morphine is a powerful drug. You take a person who has sleep apnea, sugar, stent in heart, constant in pain, high blood presure, The dr. told my husband hes a walking time bomb and it scares me. Everytime I try talking to the dr they blow me off I just dont know how to get there attention. Thanks for all the info.

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Answer by CKristi247
I have always heard that it is very risky! My mother in-law doctors would never put her on morphine because of the risk… I can’t believe they put your husband on it!

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3 Comments on "Can Morphine be harmful to people with sleep apena?"

  1. Cool guitar man!!
    28/06/2013 at 4:08 pm Permalink

    dude morphine is a strong drug. its almost like lsd or something. sometimes with other problems it could definetly see an interfernece

  2. Charlie
    28/06/2013 at 4:15 pm Permalink

    Morphine does supress the respiratory effort. Perhaps the doctor felt his sleep apnea was geting worse, or that his pain could be better treated with other meds. There are many reasons for not continuing on morphine. You need to ask the doctor your specific questions so you have a clear understanding of his treatment plan for your husband.

  3. Nancy B
    28/06/2013 at 4:55 pm Permalink

    Morphine is a strong respiratory depressant. It will make sleep apnea worst. It can also dangerousely lower his oxygen levels. When morphine or any narcotics are given the person may not get the urge to wake up and start breathing again. Very dangerous combination. Patients with severe sleep apena can go on CPAP. This is a machine that gives you a breath automatically. It can be very annoying. But what choice do you have.

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