Morphine is an opioid with sedative properties used to relieve severe or constant pain, such as childbirth pain, which cannot be controlled by any other pain relievers. Morphine exerts its analgesic effects by acting as an agonist and activating the opioid receptors in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. In doing so, the pain threshold is elevated and the brain’s awareness of the pain is decreased.

For more information, see Opioids for Analgesia.

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