volume 51, issue 4, P422-431 1992
DOI: 10.1038/clpt.1992.42
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Abstract: Morphine-6-glucuronide is a metabolite of morphine that binds to the opioid receptor and is analgesic in animals and humans. Although accumulation of morphine-6-glucuronide in patients with renal insufficiency has been implicated in morphine toxicity, the contribution of the metabolite to morphine analgesia in patients with normal renal function has not been established. To evaluate this contribution, we repeatedly sampled blood and assessed effects during and after a loading infusion with morphine (mean durat…

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