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Morphine

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Morphine 15mg Tab
Roxane Laboratories Inc
Pill Identification: 54 733 
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Morphine 30mg ER Tab
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals LP
Pill Identification: ABG  |  30
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Morphine 15mg ER Tab
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals LP
Pill Identification: ABG  |  15
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Morphine 30mg Tab
Roxane Laboratories Inc
Pill Identification: 54 262 
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Morphine 60mg ER Tab
Rhodes Pharmaceuticals LP
Pill Identification: ABG  |  60
Overview Information on Morphine
Pharmacist Tip
Taking morphine with food or milk may help if morphine upsets your stomach.     
Morphine is pain medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called narcotics. Morphine is prescribed for patients to treat moderate to severe pain. Morphine can help to relieve sudden severe pain as well as longer-lasting chronic pain. Morphine binds to opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. This changes how your body recognizes and responds to pain.

Brand names for morphine include Avinza®, Kadian®, MS Contin®, and Oramorph®.

Morphine comes in many different forms so that your doctor can tailor the effects of morphine to best treat your pain. Morphine comes in both short-acting and extended-release forms. Morphine can be taken to provide either continuous pain relief or to act quickly when longer-acting medicines don't work. Your doctor will decide which forms of morphine are best for you. Never take more doses of morphine than you are instructed to.

Do not crush, chew, or break extended-release morphine tablets. You may open a capsule and mix morphine with a small amount of juice, water, pudding, or applesauce to help make swallowing easier.

Morphine also comes as an injection. Health professionals usually administer injections of morphine but may teach you how to administer your own injections at home.

Let your doctor know if you feel your morphine forms or doses are not working as well for pain as they once did. You doctor can adjust your dose of morphine as needed to control your pain. Never change your morphine dosage unless your doctor has instructed you to do so.

If you miss a dose of morphine, take your dose as soon as you can, unless it's almost time to take your next dose.

Morphine can make your body dependent on the drug. You may feel withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking morphine. Your doctor may gradually reduce how much morphine you take so that you do not feel withdrawal.

Never share or give any morphine to anyone, even if they tell you that they have the same kind of pain that you have. Giving morphine to someone could cause them to die. It is against the law to share your morphine with others.

Taking morphine may make you drowsy or light-headed. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how morphine will affect your body.

Talk to your doctor about all the medicines you take. You may need to avoid taking some other medicines that make side effects worse when taken with morphine. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or take sedatives, muscle relaxers, or sleeping pills.

Contact your doctor if you have side effects to morphine, including:
  • An allergic reaction, including hives or itching, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, tightness in your chest, or trouble breathing
  • Confusion, light-headedness, or fainting
  • Urinating less often or a smaller amount
  • If you are unable to have a bowel movement
  • Extreme weakness, shallow breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, or cold or clammy skin
  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
Other side effects that you may have while taking morphine include:
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
Talk to your doctor about any concerns about morphine.

Let your doctor know if you have breathing problems, severe asthma, or had any type of stomach or intestinal blockage.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Morphine is pain medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called narcotics. Morphine is prescribed for patients to treat moderate to severe pain. Morphine can help to relieve sudden severe pain as well as longer-lasting chronic pain. Morphine binds to opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. This changes how your body recognizes and responds to pain.

Brand names for morphine include Avinza®, Kadian®, MS Contin®, and Oramorph®.

Morphine comes in many different forms so that your doctor can tailor the effects of morphine to best treat your pain. Morphine comes in both short-acting and extended-release forms. Morphine can be taken to provide either continuous pain relief or to act quickly when longer-acting medicines don't work. Your doctor will decide which forms of morphine are best for you. Never take more doses of morphine than you are instructed to.

Do not crush, chew, or break extended-release morphine tablets. You may open a capsule and mix morphine with a small amount of juice, water, pudding, or applesauce to help make swallowing easier.

Morphine also comes as an injection. Health professionals usually administer injections of morphine but may teach you how to administer your own injections at home.

Let your doctor know if you feel your morphine forms or doses are not working as well for pain as they once did. You doctor can adjust your dose of morphine as needed to control your pain. Never change your morphine dosage unless your doctor has instructed you to do so.

If you miss a dose of morphine, take your dose as soon as you can, unless it's almost time to take your next dose.

Morphine can make your body dependent on the drug. You may feel withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking morphine. Your doctor may gradually reduce how much morphine you take so that you do not feel withdrawal.

Never share or give any morphine to anyone, even if they tell you that they have the same kind of pain that you have. Giving morphine to someone could cause them to die. It is against the law to share your morphine with others.

Taking morphine may make you drowsy or light-headed. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how morphine will affect your body.

Talk to your doctor about all the medicines you take. You may need to avoid taking some other medicines that make side effects worse when taken with morphine. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or take sedatives, muscle relaxers, or sleeping pills.

Contact your doctor if you have side effects to morphine, including:
  • An allergic reaction, including hives or itching, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, tightness in your chest, or trouble breathing
  • Confusion, light-headedness, or fainting
  • Urinating less often or a smaller amount
  • If you are unable to have a bowel movement
  • Extreme weakness, shallow breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, or cold or clammy skin
  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
Other side effects that you may have while taking morphine include:
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
Talk to your doctor about any concerns about morphine.

Let your doctor know if you have breathing problems, severe asthma, or had any type of stomach or intestinal blockage.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Morphine
Usage by Age
0.34%
under20_base
9.98%
20to40_base
52.68%
40to60_base
36.99%
over60_base
Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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57.2%
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male_fill_graph
42.8%
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