Morphine is an extremely potent opiate analgesic psychoactive drug and is considered to be the prototypical opioid. In clinical medicine, morphine is regarded as the gold standard, or benchmark, of analgesics used to relieve severe or agonizing pain and suffering.
Opioids are potent painkillers; however, their use is hampered as patients become tolerant to them, necessitating more and more doses.
Every innovative drug starts with the search for an active substance targeting key players in disease-related processes.
AZoLifeSciences speaks to Dr. Catia Costa about her latest research that showed how class A drug use can be determined from a single fingerprint.
Many modern medicines, including analgesics and opioids, are derived from rare molecules found in plants and bacteria.
Uppsala University scientists have reported that they have developed a new way to predict how unique molecules that can be employed in novel immunotherapy.
A novel molecule LIH383 developed by scientists at the Luxembourg Institute of Health binds to and inhibits a formerly unknown opioid receptor in the brain.
Dr. John Streicher speaks to AZoLifeSciences about his research on improving opioid drugs to make them safer and more effective.
A team of National Institutes of Health-funded researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina has found that deactivating a stress-signaling system in a brain area known for motivation and emotion-related behaviors decreases binge drinking.