What is Morphine?

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. Opioids are sometimes referred to as narcotic.

Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting formulations are taken as needed.

You should not take Morphine if you have severe asthma or breathing problems, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.

Morphine can slow or stop your breathing. Never use this medicine in large amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Do not crush, break, or open an extended-release pill.

Swallow it whole to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal dose.

Morphine may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share this medicine with another person. Misuse of narcotic medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or potential for death.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Morphine may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.

Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with Morphine.

Get EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELP if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Morphine: hives, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Slow heart rate, sighing, weak or shallow breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Fast or pounding heartbeats
  • Extreme drowsiness, feeling faint
  • Infertility, missed menstrual periods
  • Impotence, loss of interest
  • Low cortisol levels - nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness

Morphine side effects

  • Drowsiness, dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Mild itching
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