This medication is used to help relieve severe ongoing pain (such as due to cancer). Morphine belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
The higher strengths of this drug (100 milligrams or more per tablet) should be used only if you have been regularly taking moderate to large amounts of opioid pain medications. These strengths may cause overdose (even death) if taken by a person who has not been regularly taking opioids.
Do not use the extended-release form of morphine to relieve pain that is mild or that will go away in a few days. This medication is not for occasional (“as needed”) use.
What is Morphine Sulfate?
Morphine is a pain medication of the opiate family that is found naturally in a number of plants and animals, including humans. Morphine Sulfate can be administered by mouth, by injection into a muscle, by injection under the skin, intravenously, injection into the space around the spinal cord.Morphine, the main alkaloid of opium, was first obtained from poppy seeds in 1805. It is a potent analgesic, though its use is limited due to tolerance, withdrawal, and the risk of abuse. Morphine is still routinely used today, though there are a number of semi-synthetic opioids of varying strength such as codeine, fentanyl, methadone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, meperidine, and oxycodone. Morphine is available only on prescription. It comes as tablets, capsules, granules that you dissolve in water, a liquid to swallow, an injection or a suppository which is a medicine that you push gently into your bottom (anus).
Morphine is a strong painkiller. It’s used to treat severe pain, for example after an operation or a serious injury. You can choose to take your morphine at any time of day but try to take it at the same time every day and space your doses evenly. For example, if you take morphine twice a day and have your first dose at 8am, take your second dose at 8pm
-Brand names: MST, Zomorph, Sevredol, Morphgesic, MXL, Oramorph
How does morphine work?
Morphine is from a group of medicines called opiates, or narcotics.
It works in the central nervous system and the brain to block pain signals to the rest of the body. It also reduces the anxiety and stress caused by pain.
When morphine blocks the pain, there are other unwanted effects, for example, slow or shallow breathing. It also slows down digestion, which is why morphine can cause.Buy Morphine Sulfate online
How can I tell if I am taking slow or fast release morphine?
Fast-acting morphine tablets are also known as Sevredol. Slow-acting tablets are also known as MST Continus or Morphgesic SR. Slow-acting capsules are also known as MXL or Zomorph.
Is morphine only used at the end of life?
Morphine is not only used at the end of a terminal illness. It’s the amount of pain you have, not the stage of your illness, that decides whether morphine is prescribed for you.
How long will it take to work?
This depends on the type of morphine you take.
A morphine injection into a vein gives the quickest pain relief. It works almost straight away.
Fast-acting morphine taken by mouth works in 30 to 60 minutes but it wears off after 4 to 6 hours. Slow-acting morphine taken by mouth can take a day or 2 to start working but the pain relief will last for longer.
It’s difficult to say how long morphine suppositories take to work, as it varies from person to person.Buy Morphine Sulfate
How will I know if I’m addicted?
If you’re addicted to morphine, you may find it difficult to stop taking it or feel you need to take it more often than necessary.
And if you stop taking morphine suddenly you may suffer from withdrawal symptoms. These include agitation, anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, shaking, over-activity, pins and needles or ringing in the ears.
Talk to your doctor if you’re worried about addiction or if you want to know more about how to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Is morphine a controlled medicine?
Morphine is a controlled medicine. This means there are strict rules on how it’s prescribed and dispensed to make sure it’s not given to the wrong person or misused.
When you collect morphine your pharmacist will ask for proof of your identity such as your passport or driving license. You’ll also be asked to sign the back of your prescription, to confirm that you’ve received it.
If you’re collecting morphine for someone else, you’re legally required to show the pharmacist proof of your identity if asked.Buy Morphine Sulfate
How to keep the medicine?
Morphine Sulfate Tablets, USP are available as:
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].
Keep container tightly closed.
Dispense in tight, light-resistant container.