Predicting morphine related side effects in the ED

Bounes, V. et al. (2017) The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 35(4) pp. 531-535

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Study objectives: Morphine is the reference treatment for severe acute pain in an emergency department. The purpose of this study was to describe and analyse opioid-related ADRs (adverse drug reactions) in a large cohort of emergency department patients, and to identify predictive factors for those ADRs.


Conclusion: Serious morphine related ADRs are rare and unpredictable. Prophylactic antiemetic therapy could be proposed to patients with history of travel sickness and history of nausea or vomiting in a postoperative setting or after morphine administration.

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