A woman is receiving epidural anesthesia with 2 percent lidocaine for cesarean delivery after a failed trial of labor. She reports that with her previous cesarean delivery, she experienced severe pruritus after receiving epidural morphine for postoperative analgesia. In an effort to minimize this side effect, you decide to use multimodal analgesia that includes ketorolac, acetaminophen, and 1.5 mg epidural morphine instead of the 3 mg morphine dose that is part of your usual post-cesarean regimen. Based on a recent prospective, randomized study, which of the following will most likely be an effect of decreasing the morphine dose?

Epidural morphine is frequently used to provide postoperative analgesia after cesarean delivery. Side effects such as pruritus, nausea, and vomiting are common. Although rare, respiratory depression is a serious adverse effect that can also occur with neuraxial opioids. Several studies have...

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