A patient goes in for a knee replacement and receives morphine for the pain in the hospital afterward but because the patient has never received morphine before they do not know what their reaction will be. Since morphine is a painkiller it may be assumed that the only reaction will be no pain. There may be no pain but the patient may experience a change in personality.
Morphine affects people differently as I’ve seen firsthand when my uncle went in for knee replacement surgery. He had an allergic reaction to it and was unwilling to corporate with what the nurses and doctors advised him to do. I learned at that time that many people would experience some sort of allergic reaction to morphine. A reaction to morphine that some people have whether it’s an allergic reaction or not, some people react to the drug itself, is that it can make them seem out of it, spaced out, or act nutty. A person who didn’t know the patient and met them for the first time might assume that the patient has a mental problem. A patient on morphine may lash out violently full of rage where they throw whatever they can grab, speak terrible things, hit at anyone close and urinate or use the bathroom on themselves. If a patient reacts violently toward others and themselves they may have to be temporarily restrained.
If a doctor has determined that the patient is having a strong reaction or is allergic to morphine it will be reduced or the patient will stop being given morphine. It could be that the dosage of morphine is too strong for the patient and a reduction in dosage might be all that is needed to stop the reactions. If the patient is having an allergic reaction to the morphine stopping morphine treatment and finding an alternative will be best.
Allergic reactions or reactions to too high a dosage may be expressed through other ways such as swelling, rashes on the skin where redness or bumps occur, headaches, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea. It could affect short-term memory and cause difficulty in breathing.
Morphine should be regulated while the patient is in the hospital. It could be given to the patient with outpatient care in the confines of the hospital but it is not something that the patient will likely be given outside of hospital care since it is highly addictive and may cause adverse reactions. Home health would seemingly not be able to treat patients with morphine but may be able to do so if they are treating terminal patients to make the transition through the last stages of life as painless as possible.