Which dosage regimen is used to treat chronic pain in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Choose a dosage to provide reasonable pain relief with precautions to avoid oversedation and respiratory depression. A starting dose of morphine (0.05-0.01 mg/kg/h) is suggested following a bolus dose to provide a reasonable degree of pain relief. Adjust according to patient response. Patient-controlled analgesia with self-administered bolus morphine and low-dose continuous intravenous infusion is effective and well accepted by patients.


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