Can Morphin And Scopolamine Be Mixed

Elvie Mae Says:

for example, a 70 year 0ld man with terminal cancer is receiving morphine, scropolamine, lorazepam, and rubinol via subcutaneous butterfly device. What are their specific uses in the management of the cancer patient?

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Verwon Says:

Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever, so in this case, it is being used to help alleviate his suffering and make him more comfortable.

It may cause side effects, such as: nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and dry mouth.


Scopolamine helps prevent nausea and vomiting. So, it also makes sense, because the Morphine can cause nausea, as well as other cancer treatments.

Its most common side effects may include: dry mouth, nose and throat.


As to mixing it with the Morphine, the only thing here that needs to be watched for is the possibility of central nervous system depression, these two combined can make that worse and it could result in lowered breathing rate, lowered heart rate and lowered blood pressure.

However, as long as the amounts he uses are being controlled and he is under a doctor's supervision, then it should not be a problem.

The Lorazepam is a Benzodiazepine, it is used to treat anxiety, nervous disorders and some cases of insomnia.

Therefore, it can help him relax, sleep and, for some people, the relaxation effects also have the benefit of helping to relieve their pain.

Common side effects may include: nausea, drowsiness, headache and irritability.


The Robinol contains Glycopyrrolate, which also helps prevent nausea and decreases the production of acid in the stomach, which can help protect his stomach from being irritated by the other medications.

Common side effects can include: decreased seating, fever and heat stroke.


Cancer patients, especially terminal ones, are usually very ill and in a lot of pain. Thus, many drugs may be combined, to try to make them as comfortable as possible.

It has already been medically proven that doing so does not hasten death, as long as the patient is monitored and isn't being given excessive amounts.

Are there any other comments or questions?

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morphine Says:

i think that's the situation. the questions you should answer are:

1. can morphine and scopolamine be mixed?

2. what are their specific uses in the management of the cancer patient.

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junavieanne coton Says:

can morphine and scopolamine be mixed?

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Pharmavoulution Says:

Very informative, thanks Verwon.
I do have one precaution to add though, the patient is 70 years old so is a risk for respiratory depression due to CNS depression, so with this combination the patient would be on a respirator/life support soon, can alternative therapies not be used to control the nausea thereby limiting the risk of CNS depression?

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