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AIBU To have not realised that diamorphine...

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Mammagaga Thu 22-Aug-13 22:25:14

... IS actually heroin :-0 am I the only person who thought it was diluted morphine?!

littlewhitebag Thu 22-Aug-13 22:27:28

Well heroin is derivative of morphine so much the same thing really.

MamaMumra Thu 22-Aug-13 22:28:08

YANBU. One wouldn't necessarily know smile

CorrineFoxworth Thu 22-Aug-13 22:29:16

Morphine, heroin...

Why are you concerned?

purrpurr Thu 22-Aug-13 22:30:28

No shit? Wow. I loved that stuff. I'm off to get me some heroin.

Tortoisegirl Thu 22-Aug-13 22:30:46

and when used at the right time, for the right reasons, a wonderful thing!

badguider Thu 22-Aug-13 22:30:52

well, yes, but it's not exactly street heroin...

Sanctimummy Thu 22-Aug-13 22:31:24


I actually LOL'ed

Morphine is heroin...

PGRated Thu 22-Aug-13 22:33:20

It made my birthing experience so much easier but I'm sure it's different to heroin on the streets grin

CorrineFoxworth Thu 22-Aug-13 22:33:26

Can anyone score me some of that pethidine? I was The Lizard Queen. Thirteen years ago now and I can still remember.

badguider Thu 22-Aug-13 22:35:33

I believe that diamorphine/heroin is actually LESS addictive than morphine.

Mammagaga Thu 22-Aug-13 22:36:14

Surely they should let people in labour know it's heroin... I knew it was an opiate but didn't actually realise it was heroin itself!!!

CorrineFoxworth Thu 22-Aug-13 22:37:30

It was very important giving birth to DD that the apples were red and not green.

Having a dry birth with DS a few years later and half a Junior Disprin wasn't half as much fun.

AtYourCervix Thu 22-Aug-13 22:38:16




Funghoul Thu 22-Aug-13 22:38:35

They told me after I has it! My brain has never connected the dots! I really can't understand why people like feeling like that it wasn't nice.

Sanctimummy Thu 22-Aug-13 22:38:41

Talking of birthing drugs.. I loved loved loved gas and air. I'd had it a few years before when I broke my little toe and the doctor had to straighten it out for me. So when I went into labour I was seriously looking forward to the gas and air.

Pethidine just made me sleepy.. not great IMO.

Can you get gas and air in the shops??? <raises eyebrows hopefully>


Titsalinabumsquash Thu 22-Aug-13 22:39:17

I have a cupboard full of morphine, it works well, I was on it nearly a year and had no withdrawal symptoms at all. It's one of those lovely instant things, as soon as it goes down the throat your whole body just floats away. grin

purrpurr Thu 22-Aug-13 22:39:33

They should tell you at the start of pregnancy,

"Now ladies, folk are going to be somewhat hysterical about what you're 'allowed' to eat, drink, take, do, etc whilst you're pregnant - pay particular attention to which painkillers you're allowed (not many), but DO retain your sense of humour because let me tell you now, when the time is right you can have heroin, the rreeeeeeeally really good stuff. Hoo boy. Just smile at anyone who says you can't eat mayonnaise or some other outdated shite. Heroin baybeeee!"

CorrineFoxworth Thu 22-Aug-13 22:40:51

I'd have taken crack itself when I could feel every bone in DS' body as my uterus crunched down on him for hours. You're not an addict and it isn't as instantly addictive as say, nicotine so what is the problem?

Mintyy Thu 22-Aug-13 22:41:12

Are you allowed diamorphine in labour these days then?

wharrgarbl Thu 22-Aug-13 22:42:36

I'd imagine they don't tell people in labour it's heroin to avoid the whole freaking out 'I'm a drug addict' thing, since the propaganda about heroin is pretty gruesome.
In itself, it's a wonderful anaesthetic and obstetric drug. One dose won't make you an addict, though some anti-drug campaigners would have you believe it.
Used incorrectly it's a hellish slide to oblivion, though people who want to spend their lives being anaesthetised are obviously not happy people to begin with.
And heroin /= morphine. They're related but not the same.

ArbitraryUsername Thu 22-Aug-13 22:42:46

There are much stronger opiates out there too, for those of you who are interested. I hate opiates though. They make me vomit and give me a sore neck/headache.

The bastards gave me pethidine with no anti-sickness drug when I was in labour with DS1. I vomited copiously / felt dreadful until it wore off. They were evil in that hospital.

quesadilla Thu 22-Aug-13 22:42:50

It is heroin. Diamorphine is the chemical name for heroin (its morphine on steroids, its much stronger).

By the way on its own its not actually harmful at all (other than the fact it's highly addictive). The problem with street heroin is that its cut with all sorts of other shit.

wharrgarbl Thu 22-Aug-13 22:43:13

Hah, so incredibly slow, me.

CaptainCapybara Thu 22-Aug-13 22:45:15

I can see why people who have had difficult lives and want to forget stuff end up heroin addicts, I had diamorphine in labour and there is a huge chunk of time I have no memory of (not the actual birth though, it was a long labour).

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