Morphine for management of refractory dyspnoea

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7426.1288-b (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1288

Opiates should be used with caution

  1. James W Berrill, house officer, medicine (James_w_berrill@hotmail.com),
  2. Seamus J Linnasne, consultant respiratory physician
  1. Llandough Hospital, Penarth, Cardiff CF64 2XX

    EDITOR–Abernethy et al identify that hypercapnia and respiratory depression are impediments to the use of opiates in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, yet they do little to allay those concerns in their report.1

    Most (88%) of their patients were reported to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is …

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