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Morphine is a strong painkiller. It’s used to treat severe pain, for example after an operation or a serious injury, or pain from cancer or a heart attack.It’s also used for other types of long-standing pain when weaker painkillers no longer work.MS Contin Tablets, Morphine Tablets, Morphine 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 injections are usually only done in hospitals.
2. Key facts
Morphine works by blocking pain signals from traveling along the nerves to the brain.
The most common side effects of morphine are constipation, feeling sick, and sleepiness.
It’s possible to become addicted to morphine, but this is rare if you’re taking it to relieve pain and your doctor is reviewing your treatment regularly.
It may be best not to drink alcohol while taking morphine as you’re more likely to get side effects like feeling sleepy.
3. Who can and cannot take morphine
Morphine can be taken by children and adults of all ages. However, babies, young children, and older people are more likely to get side effects.
Morphine is not suitable for some people. Tell your doctor before starting the medicine if you are trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or if you’re breastfeeding – morphine is usually not recommended
4. How and when to take it
It’s important to take morphine as your doctor has asked you to.
Take morphine with, or just after, a meal or snack so it’s less likely to make you feel sick.
Different types of morphine
Morphine comes as:
tablets (fast-acting) – these contain 10mg, 20mg or 50mg of morphine
tablets (slow-acting) – these contain 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 30mg, 60mg, 100mg or 200mg of morphine
capsules (slow-acting) – these contain 10mg, 30mg, 60mg, 90mg, 120mg, 150mg or 200mg of morphine
granules (that you mix in water to make a drink) – these are in sachets containing 30mg, 60mg, 100mg, or 200mg of morphine
a liquid that you swallow – this contains either 10mg of morphine in a 5ml spoonful or 20mg of morphine in 1ml of liquid
suppositories – these contain 10mg of morphine
injection (usually given in hospital)
Morphine suppositories are useful if you cannot swallow tablets or liquids.
Morphine liquid, suppositories, injections, and some morphine tablets and capsules are fast-acting. They’re used for pain which is expected to last for a short time. Fast-acting morphine is often used when you start taking morphine to help find the right dose.
Morphine granules and some morphine tablets and capsules are slow releases. This means the morphine is gradually released into your body over either 12 or 24 hours. This type of morphine takes longer to start working but lasts longer. It’s used for long-term pain.
Sometimes you may take both fast-acting morphine and slow-release morphine to manage long-term pain and sudden flares of pain that break through the long-acting medicine.
Fast-acting tablets are known by the brand name Sevredol. Slow-acting tablets are known by brand names MST Continue or Morphgesic SR. Slow-acting capsules are also known as MXL or Zomorph.
Buy Morphine Tablets Online, Morphine does not come as a skin patch. Sometimes people call their pain relief patch a “morphine patch”. However, these patches do not contain morphine but medicines which are very similar to morphine called fentanyl or buprenorphine.
Doses vary from person to person. Your dose will depend on how bad your pain is, how you’ve responded to previous painkillers, and if you get any side effects.
How often will I take it?
How often you take it depends on the type of morphine that you’ve been prescribed.
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 8 am, take your second dose at 8 pm.
fast-acting tablets and capsules – usually 4 to 6 times a day
slow-release granules, tablets, and capsules – usually 1 to 2 times a day
liquid – usually 4 to 6 times a day
suppositories – usually 4 to 6 times a day
injections – usually 4 to 6 times a day (sometimes in a pump that you control yourself)
It’s important to swallow slow-release morphine tablets and capsules whole with a drink of water.