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  •  Short of palliative sedation, (1+ / 0-)
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    Belle Ame

    there are other strong pain medicines that may get around the bad reactions and failures of morphine -- methadone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and others.  

    Most doctors acquire the habit of being cautious and stingy with those medicines fairly early in training.  Generally that's a good habit, but it's easy to forget why it's usually a good habit -- if you remember the 'why', it's not hard to realize that occasionally that 'why' doesn't apply, and break the habit.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:58:39 AM PDT

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