According to the Department of Health and Human Services news release, researchers out of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have recently revealed that the effects of using morphine do not impair your senses while driving.
A recent study that was done by a team at the Rush University Medical Center has compared two separate groups of people who were using oral morphine and those who were not taking any pain medication at all. The first was a group of 51 long term users, the second was a group of 49 who had not taken anything. Both groups participated in spending at least 12 minutes driving a simulated car that measured the deviation from the center of the road, the number of accidents you had, as well as reaction time to events that were unexpected.
The study revealed that both groups averaged the same when it came to the amount of weaving was 3.83 feet. As for collisions, the group that were taking morphine had 5.33 collisions and the other group that did not had 5.04 collisions. The study also showed that the average reaction time for those on morphine was 0.67 seconds, and 0.69 seconds for those who were not. This study was presented on October 13th, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in the San Fransisco area.
Researcher, Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran has stated that with these new findings it does suggest that patients who are on long term pain medications can live “like normal functioning people” without all the side effects that are associated with long term medication use.
According to Wikipedia, morphine is a potent opiate analgesic drug and is the main ingredient in opium and the protypical opiod. Morphine acts directly on the central nervous system to relieve pain. Studies that have been done have showed that morphine is highly addictive and is more effective than any other pain medication. The word morphine was derived from Morpheus who is the son of Hypnos, the God of Sleep.
Brand names of Morphine are Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin, MSIR, OMS, Oramorph SR, Rescudose, RMS, Roxanol, Roxanol 100, Roxanol-T. When taking morphine, it will cause severe drowsiness, fatigue and constipation. You should avoid all alcohol, sleeping pills, sedatives and tranquilizers. Before taking morphine, be sure that you do not have kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, urinary retention, enlarged prostate, hypothyroidism, seizures, epilepsy, gallbladder disease or Addison’s disease.
For more information on Morphine, please visit the Yahoo Health Site – Morphine for an extensive explanation of Morphine.
SOURCE : Morphine Painkillers Won’t Impair Driving
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