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Narcotic Analgesic

Narcotic Analgesic

Generic and Trade Names

Meperidine Demerol
MorphineMorphine, MS Contin, MSIR, Astramorph
PropoxypheneDarvon, Darvocet


These agents work in different ways to block or control pain impulses to the brain and spinal cord. They have either agonist, agonist-antagonist or partial agonistic activity for the opiod receptors. The five known receptors are: mu, kappa, sigma, delta, and epsilon. These agents all act on the mu, kappa and delta receptors. All are habit forming with long term use. (Facts and Comparisons 1999)

Nutritional Considerations:

Monitor caloric intake (drug delays digestion, may cause constipation). (Pronsky 1999)

Hydration: insure adequate fluid intake unless directed otherwise. (Pronsky 1999)

Electrolytes should be maintained.

Avoid alcohol. (Facts and Comparisons 1999)

Herbal Considerations:

Herbs with sedative properties like: Calamus, Calendula, California poppy, Catnip, Capsicum, Celery, Couch grass, Elecampane, Siberian ginseng, German chamomile, Goldenseal, Gotu kola, Hops, Jamaican dogwood, Kava, Lemon balm, Sage, St. John's wort, Sassafras, Scullcap, Shepherd's purse, Stinging nettle, Valerian, Wild carrot, Wild lettuce, Withania, and Yerba mansa may increase the effects or side effects of these agents. (Brinker 1998)(Newall 1996)

The hypotensive property of: Astragalus, Or Barberry, Black Haw, Cleavers, Dong Quai, European Mistletoe, Fo-Ti, Kelp Plant, Motherwort, Osha, Parsley Plant, Psyllium, Sage, Skullcap, Squill or Yohimbe - may be additive with the some of these analgesics Morphine ,Sufentanil , etc. (Blumenthal 1998)(Newall 1996)

Silymarin (milk thistle) may protect the liver from damage caused by acetaminophen-containing products. (Brinker 1998)


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