Respiratory Depression is a reduction in the rate of respiration. It may be induced by some medicines.
Morphine is an extremely potent opiate analgesic psycho-active drug, and is considered to be the prototypical opioid. In clinical medicine, Morphine is regarded as the good standard or benchmark of analgesics used to relieve severe or agonising pain and suffering.
Morphine acts directly on the central nervous system to relieve pain. One of the main adverse effects of morphine is respiratory depression. Morphine also causes miosis.
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Authors: George Koffour, Samuel Owusu Agyeman-Duah, Benjamin Prempeh
Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- This experiment demonstrates the respiratory and miotic effect of morphine
Respiratory Depression Effect of Morphine and Respiratory Depressant Effect of Pentobarbitone in Rabbits
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