COPD and Oramorph

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has anyone been prescribed Oramorph to help with sob if so, does it work?

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    Oramorph, an opioid highly addictive narcotic used to medically control pain, and has rarely if at all been associated with COPD. Also I and perhaps others are not familiar with "sob" . Most post the long term prior to use of the abbreviation. So what is "sob"?

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    in the UK Oromorph is used in very low doses for very severe COPD. ST. Thomas and Guys have a statement on its use. i was interested as to what peoples experiences using it were.

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    Hi Nanny10,

    I was prescribed Oramorph some time ago, for pain. The pain still remains in place and will not go away, so the dose is only average, not high or low.

    Along came my COPD, increasing in strength, and it causes SOB as a condition. The shortness of breath is not affected by the medication, as when there's been a changed doseage, my breathing remains unaffected. Ideally, all medication would solve all problems but because it doesn't, I have to weigh up what is most important to me, at the time. My Doctors keep my medications current, reviewing them each time I speak regarding aspects of it, and so far there's only been one occasion when the Oramorph was considered as a 'questionable' prescription. Not for the COPD, but for the Pain I have, when I saw a new doctor for another problem.

    As each of us is different, our Doctor's will treat us as such, and if they consider a medication appropriate, it's because it is worthwhile trying it. You can ask the Doctor about it, and also listen to the reasoning behind it. Then if you are still not happy, there isn't anyone who will be able to force you to take it. Just as, you can stop taking something, if it doesn't suit you. Don't be afraid of the Doctor, talk and you will find out they are Human, too.

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    Hi Nanny .yes i have been prescribe oral morph low dose before i go out relaxes you so easier to breath. i also have Lorazepam 1mg take a bed time to help with breathing this one helps breathing easier . hope you keep well marilyn

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      You can look it up online or ask your chemist/pharmacist. But across the board, combining alcohol with prescription sedatives is risky, and it's even more risky for folks with breathing problems.

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      i do not drink alcohol but you would think dr would of said something you take one tablet for one thing then need something else .its just a vicious circle .my breathing is getting worse just have to learn to live with it

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      I agree Marilyn, you are given new drugs then have to take another to counteract them. As I said, Oramorph does cause constipation so now I have to deal with that. I am losing weight but if you're constipated you don't feel like eating. So now I'm also on meal replacement drinks but as you say you just have to get on with it. Lots of love and best wishes to you.

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    Hi, I have been prescribed a low dose of Oramorph and I find it does help. I don't get quite so deeply breathless and you can increase the does slightly if you feel it necessary. I really feel it's worth giving it a go in our situation, anything is worth a try. Just beware, it can cause constipation but that's easily dealt with. Good luck and very best wishes to you.

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