Navigation Links
Morphine Painkillers Won't Impair Driving
Date:10/13/2007

Study found no difference in motorists' reaction times

SATURDAY, Oct. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate, long-term use of opioid pain medications such as morphine does not impair a person's driving ability, U.S. researchers report.

A team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago compared two groups of people -- 51 long-term users of oral morphine and 49 who weren't taking any pain medication. All the participants spent about 12 minutes in a driving simulator that measured deviation from the center of the road, weaving, number of accidents, and reaction time to unexpected events.

The average amount of weaving for both groups was 3.83 feet, and the morphine group had 5.33 collisions, compared with 5.04 collisions for the control group. Average reaction time for the morphine group was 0.67 seconds, compared with 0.69 seconds for the control group.

The findings suggest that patients who require long-term pain medication may "become tolerant" to side effects that could potentially impair function, said researcher Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran, an associate professor in the anesthesiology department at Rush.

The study was expected to be presented Oct. 13 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in San Francisco.

Opioid pain relievers carry warning labels urging patients not to drive or operate heavy machinery while taking the medications, and drivers under the influence of pain drugs are typically subject to the same laws and penalties as people who drink and drive.

According to Buvanendran, this study's findings suggest that patients on long-term pain medication may be able to live "like normal functioning people, without the stigma and limitations now associated with long-term pain medication use."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about chronic pain medicines.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Society of Anesthesiologists, news release, Oct. 13, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Morphine may excite cancerous tumors
2. Morphine Withdrawal Complicates Hepatitis C Infection in Drug Abusers
3. Inhibition of morphine tolerance by spinal melanocortin receptor blockade
4. Using Morphine to Hasten Death Is a Myth, Says Doctor
5. How Morphine Affects Memory
6. Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients Lives
7. Drug dilemma confronts users of painkillers
8. Painkillers may protect against Alzheimers disease
9. Painkillers may raise miscarriage risk
10. Painkillers Increase Risk of Miscarriage
11. In The Habit Of Taking Painkillers For Your Chronic Headache? Time To Switch Over
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) has ... now in their 12th year, are among the most prestigious in radiology marketing because ... awards were retooled to recognize achievements in both large budget (over $5,000) and small ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... , ... Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) is pleased to announce the ... clinic is the group’s 7th location in San Antonio and 23rd in Texas. ... care from the clinic, which opened March 22, 2017. , The team ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Mlynarek Insurance ... to families and business owners across eastern Michigan, is connecting with the Oxford/Orion ... with financial difficulties. , The Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry works to ensure homeless, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... In just two days, Aqua ... micro-veggies garden on Kickstarter . Surpassing the $100,000 milestone so quickly,10-times the ... consumers (and counting) already backing the campaign. , “We are very grateful ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... they are now offering treatments for sleep apnea and TMJ at their office. ... Sleep apnea , specifically the obstructive type, is increasingly being treated at dental ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... SHANGHAI , March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... organization providing high-quality and cost-effective drug development ... the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, announced today ... ShangPharma will be consolidating the ... Organizations (CMO) under Shanghai ChemPartner. These entities ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017 A ReportsnReports.com report says, over the ... as the global sales of Adcetris and Kadcyla have been witnessing ... drug conjugates market is driven by large number of ADC drugs ... window offered by ADCs. ... Browse 3 Tables and 94 Figures, 10 Major Company Profiles, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017  Eli Lilly and ... plans to invest $850 million in its U.S. ... across its U.S. enterprise, including research laboratories, manufacturing ... are being driven by demand for Lilly products, ... medicines in development targeting cancer, pain, diabetes and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: