Morphine drug molecule

Morphine drug molecule

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Caption: Morphine. Molecular graphic representation of morphine (C17H19NO3). It is a narcotic alkaloid derived from opium and mainly prescribed to alleviate pain. In this model the carbon atoms are grey, hydrogen turquoise, nitrogen blue and oxygen red. The relief of pain occurs at least in three ways: a reduction of pain perception at the thalamic level, an alteration of pain reaction at the level of the cerebral cortex, and an elevation of the pain threshold by inducing sedation or sleep. Morphine also has effects on the gastroenteric tract by causing constipation and spastic movements of the bowels and sphincters.

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Keywords: alkaloid, analgesic drug, biochemistry biochemical, chemical, chemistry, compound compounds, computer, computer model, drug, drug molecule, molecules, morphine, pain killer, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutics

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