Morphine Sulfate 60mg
Morphine is a prescription pain medication used to relieve severe pain, for example following surgery or a severe injury, or pain associated with cancer or a heart attack. Morphine has other uses in terminal illness, for example it may be used to reduce coughing in lung cancer, when the coughing serves no purpose and can become painful and frustrating. It may also be used to reduce breathlessness at rest and so make people more comfortable in palliative care.
The extended-release form of morphine is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. This form of morphine is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
Morphine Sulfate Dosage
Morphine is available in several different forms, including capsules, extended-release capsules, oral solutions, and injections. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Take this medication as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose.
The regular tablet (10-30mg) are usually taken every 4 hours as needed for pain.
Long-acting/extended release tablets (15-60mg (MS Contin)) are usually taken every 8 hours or every 12 hours.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Do not break, crush, or chew the medicine. Do not take a tablet that is not whole. A broken or crushed tablet can be very dangerous. You may get too much medicine. If the medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take.
There are different types of narcotic medicines (opiates). If you take more than one type at the same time or if you are taking another medicine that also causes drowsiness, you may have more side effects. Give your health care provider a list of all medicines you use. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. Do not take more medicine than directed. Call emergency for help if you have problems breathing or unusual sleepiness.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine will cause constipation. Try to have a bowel movement at least every 2 to 3 days. If you do not have a bowel movement for 3 days, call your doctor or health care professional.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
Side Effects of Morphine Sulfate
The most common side effects of morphine include:
Nausea and vomiting
Drowsiness and sedation
Lightheadedness and dizziness
Call you doctor immediately if you experience any of the following severe side effects
Altered heartbeat rates
Hives, rash, and itching
Swelling of the throat and face
Hoarseness and difficulty breathing or swallowing