Morphine

The need-to-know information about Morphine

Morphine

Some pearls and fun nuggets

1. There is plenty of Morphine to go around 🎁 The primary source of morphine is isolation from poppy straw of the opium poppy.[13] In 2013, approximately 523 tons of morphine were produced.[14] Approximately 45 tons were used directly for pain, a four-fold increase over the last twenty years.[14]

2. Morphine can make you constipated 😣 Like loperamide and other opioids, morphine acts on the myenteric plexus in the intestinal tract, reducing gut motility, causing constipation.

3. Once addicted, it’s tough to quit πŸ™… Abusers of morphine (and heroin) have one of the highest relapse rates among all drug users, ranging up to 98% in the estimation of some medical experts.[50]

4. With enough of it, Morphine can kill you quick 😱The minimum lethal dose of morphine sulfate is 120 mg,[52] but in case of hypersensitivity, 60 mg can bring sudden death. In serious drug dependency (high tolerance), 2000–3000 mg per day can be tolerated.[53]

5.There are TONS of ways to consume Morphine πŸ“ƒ Orally, sublingually, bucally, rectally, subcutaenously, intranasally, intravenously, intrathecally, epidurally, etc.  You can even inhale it through a nebulizer.  Recreationally, this is called “Chasing the dragon”

Patient Perspectives

Β “Was on tramadol, diazepam, paracetamol and diclofenac for 10 weeks after a prolapsed disc and sciatica. Put on morphine last Friday and has taken most of the pain, which is allowing me to feel happier in myself.”

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“This medication tends to work better for my pain. Cut tip of finger off in a lawnmower accident (cleaning the blades with garden hose and got too close obviously). They sewed my finger back on; but having lots of bone and joint (knuckle) pain. Norco did not help as well as Morphine has. I only take this medication when I can no longer tolerate severity of pain so that I can actually get some much needed rest. Morphine works well for my personal ordeal.”

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“It helps a little for pain but now I have no sex drive, constipation all the time. When I took Vicodin 10 I did not have this problem. “

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