Important to know about morphine
Morphine is a strong pain reliever.
For severe pain, such as pain after surgery, after accidents, after a heart attack, colic pain and cancer. Also in case of severe shortness of breath and care for someone who is not getting better (palliative care).
Tablets, oral solution and suppositories work within 1 to 2 hours. Injections and drip work faster. These all work for 4 to 7 hours.
Modified-release tablets (MGA or retard) work longer: about 12 hours.
Use morphine for as long as you need it and on a regular schedule. For example every 4 hours or every 12 hours for modified release tablets.
Constipation occurs in almost everyone and can be serious. Avoid this by using a laxative every day. You may also experience other gastrointestinal complaints.
Morphine can also make you drowsy and dizzy. This means you are not allowed to drive for the first 2 weeks. Then only if you no longer suffer from side effects.
Watch out with alcohol. This can make you even drowsy
Have you been taking morphine for a long time and want to stop? Then don’t stop all at once. You may experience withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, vomiting, sweating and insomnia. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you want to stop taking morphine.
Are you pregnant? Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine. It is not certain whether this drug is safe for pregnant women. Do not use this medication just before delivery.
Do not breast-feed if you are taking this medication. This drug passes into breast milk and is bad for the baby.