Morphine- An effective analgesic drug that helps relieve pain

Morphine is a narcotic pain medicine also called opioid medication. Morphine is useful in treating mild to severe pain. Short acting preparations are used on as-needed basis for pain. The extended release form of Morphine is used as around the clock method for treating pain and cannot be used on as-needed basis for treating pain.

The generic name of the medication is Morphine and brand names are MS Contin, Kadian and AVINza.

Some important information about Morphine

You should avoid taking Morphine if you are suffering from breathing problems or severe asthma, a blockage in intestines or stomach or paralytic ileus, a bowel obstruction.

Morphine can stop or slow your breathing. Do not use the medication in excess or for a lengthy duration than prescribed.  Do not break, crush or open the extended release pill. Swallow it whole to prevent life threatening problems.

Morphine can be habit-forming, even if you are on regular doses. Do not share this medicine with anyone, especially with someone having history of drug addiction or drug abuse. Keep the medication in a safe place where no one can access it.

If you are pregnant, you should let your doctor know as Morphine can cause fatal withdrawal symptoms in unborn baby. Do not consume alcohol with Morphine as it can even lead to death.

Avoid using the medication if you are allergic to Morphine or other narcotic drugs or if you have

  1.  breathing problems or severe asthma
  2. a bowel problem- paralytic ileus
  3. A blockage in intestines or stomach.

Avoid using Morphine if you have used MAO inhibitor in last 14 days. A harmful drug reaction can take place. MAO inhibitors comprise of

  • methylene blue(injection)
  • rasagiline
  • linezolid
  • isocarboxazid
  • selegiline
  • tranylcypromine

Some drugs can interact with Morphine and lead to a serious medical condition termed as serotonin syndrome. Make sure you tell your doctor if you are also using medications for migraine, depression, Parkinson’s disease, mental illness, severe infections, headaches or prevention of vomiting or nausea. Discuss with your doctor before you make any changes in dose and frequency of the medicine.

You may not be able to use Morphine if you are never being treated with opioid medicines or if you are not tolerant to the medication. To know whether the medication suits you or you are tolerant to the medication, speak to your doctor before using the drug.

To know if Morphine is suitable for you or not, tell your physician if you are suffering from

  1. any type of lung disease or breathing problem
  2. urination problems
  3. seizures, brain tumor or history of head injury
  4. kidney or liver disease
  5. problems with thyroid, gallbladder or pancreas

Is morphine Addictive?

Yes.  Morphine is addictive. To get high some people use Morphine in high doses and gradually they become addictive to the drug. Morphine has strong effects on your central nervous system and this fact leads to drug abuse or drug addiction.

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