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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Morphine Overview

Morphine Addiction TreatmentMorphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting formulations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock pain relief is needed. Morphine is not for treating pain just after surgery unless you were already taking morphine before the surgery. Morphine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it. Do not drink alcohol while you are using morphine. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with morphine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol. Never take morphine in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Morphine Signs of Abuse

  • Purchasing codeine without a prescription
  • Faking symptoms to get a prescription
  • Over-use: even if it was prescribed, over using Morphine can lead to higher tolerance, and a faster development of addiction
  • Lying or stealing to obtain more of the drug
  • Hiding the drug from friends and family
  • Constantly using and thinking about drug in secret

Effects of Morphine Abuse

Morphine is a dangerously addictive drug and it presents the patient with a wide range of potential side effects, even when it is prescribed and the administration is monitored. Of course, when morphine abuse is taking place, the following side effects may be more pronounced than what is normally experienced.

  • Depression or irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Abdominal pain including cramps
  • Memory loss
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Vision problems including involuntary movement of the eyeball
  • Rash, hives and/or itching
  • Headache
  • High or low blood pressure

Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms

Here are some withdrawal symptoms an individual may face from Morphine abuse:

  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Feverish
  • Irritability
  • Headaches, disorientation

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