We know that morphine can be dangerous and people are using it as a drug, but it can really help when the pain is too big. It seems that things are going to change as researchers discovered a new synthetic drug that is as good as morphine for keeping the pain away. Moreover, it does not have side effects.
- Researches found a new synthetic drug that is good for keeping the pain away.
- Unlike morphine, it has no side effects and people should not be addicted to it.
- There are more tests to be done before this new drug will be on the market.
- We are hoping this new substance will be a huge discovery that will help people in the future.
The scientists managed to study this new substance by using mice. The drug activated a known molecular pathway in the brain that makes a person not feel the pain anymore. This could be a huge discovery as the substance does not slow normal breathing and mice were not addicted to it. The animals showed no preference between the new drug, called PZM21 or the morphine.
Another advantage of this drug is that it does not cause constipation, which was a major issue for people who took painkillers. People have used opium to keep the pain away for more than 4000 years. Even now, when the medicine has evolved, morphine is the painkiller of choice for post-op recovery or for people who are struggling with chronic diseases.
Researchers wanted to discover a substance which is less dangerous than what was used before. The human need a safer drug because morphine has too many side effects. PZM21 has many steps before it will be on the market.
Scientists must prove that is safe for humans and make more clinical trials. These studies can take years before researchers will found out the truth about it. However, this new painkiller could be a huge discovery. It is possible that, in the future, people will not use morphine anymore and find better ways to handle pain.
Another problem would be if mice develop tolerance to the drug. We are sure that more studies will be made and we will find out what painkiller is better for our bodies. Morphine is one of the most popular drugs in the world. It is used for decreasing pain. However, its side effects make it dangerous and another painkiller should be found.
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