|(MOR feen SUL
|Astramorph™ PF; Duramorph®; Infumorph™; Kadian™; MS Contin®; MSIR®; Oramorph SR™; RMS®; Roxanol™; Roxanol Rescudose®; Roxanol®
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Epimorph® (Canada); Morphine-HP® (Canada); MST-Continus® (Mexico); MS-IR® (Canada); Statex®
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to morphine or any other part of the medicine.
- If you have severe lung disease or increased pressure in the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to decrease
|How does it work?|
- Morphine sulfate binds to brain receptors, relieving pain. The feeling
of pain and a person's response to pain are also
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Swallow sustained-release tablet/capsule whole. Do not chew, break, or
- This is not to be used for pain breakthroughs. Talk with healthcare
- A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Those
who have feeding tubes can also use this liquid. Flush the feeding tube before
and after medicine is given.
- For suppository, use rectally.
- Make sure you are drinking enough liquids unless told to drink less by
healthcare provider. Avoid products with caffeine.
- Do not suddenly stop using this medicine if you have been taking it
for a long time. Medicine should be slowly
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
|What are the precautions when taking this
- This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
- You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy, lightheaded, dizzy, or having blurred vision. Avoid
driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you
see how this medicine affects you.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing
diet may help. Talk to healthcare provider about a stool softener or
|What should I monitor?|
- Keep a diary of how well your pain is controlled. If not well
controlled, talk with healthcare provider.
- If no bowel movements in 3 days, talk with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Too tired or sleepy.
- Changes in thinking clearly and logically.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Difficult breathing.
- Severe nausea or vomiting.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant containers at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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