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Morphine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Opioid Adult

Morphine - What is it for

Morphine is a medicine used for the relief of acute and chronic pain.

Morphine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Morphine cause?

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Drowsiness and impaired judgment and/or coordination
  • Constipation and dryness of the mouth

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Allergic reactions such as skin rashes, facial swelling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased severity of side effects
  • Inadequate pain relief
    Do not adjust your dose without your doctor's permission and supervision

Before taking Morphine, what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you:
    • Plan to get or suspect that you are pregnant
    • Intend to breastfeed

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Morphine?

Alcohol, including alcohol-containing medicines.

Morphine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Morphine be used?

Morphine is available as a syrup or sustained-release tablet formulation.
Take the exact dose of syrup or tablets as instructed by your doctor.
Take with food if stomach upset occurs, but be consistent when taking with or without food.
Do not crush, chew or dissolve sustained-release tablets, swallow whole.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Syrup

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is too near the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual dosing time. Do not double the dose.

Sustained-release tablets

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual dosing time. Do not make up for the missed dose or double the dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

If you overdose on this medicine, inform your doctor immediately.

Morphine - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Morphine safely?

How should I store Morphine?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Morphine safely?

Please return this medicine only to the dispensing pharmacy. Do not dispose of this medicine with your household waste.

Morphine - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, September 29, 2017
  • This article is contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

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