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How does morphine treat pain?

Morphine treats pain by attaching to receptors in the body and reducing the brain's sensitivity to pain. Morphine can be prescribed for short-term pain and be taken as needed for pain that is temporary. Morphine also may be prescribed for chronic, or long-term, pain and taken continually. For more severe pain, morphine may be taken by injection, put in an epidural or used in a pump that is attached to your body. Morphine is often used to relieve pain in people in hospice care.

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