What is Morphine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Morphine ER Morphine IR Oramorph Liquid Show all

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Morphine is an opiate drug used to treat moderate-severe pain. It is available in immediate action and extended release preparations for different delivery routes including liquid, tablets, injectable, and continuous pump infusion. Constipation is a common side effect of any opiate medication.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 303 144
Fibromyalgia 152 78
Breakthrough pain 30 21
Kidney stone 23 8
Pain in lower back 21 13

Show all 137 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 31
Moderate 78
Mild 114
None 120

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Morphine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 68
Drowsiness 15
Nausea 13
Itching 9
Dizziness 8
Sleepiness 8

Show all 93 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Morphine

Dosage Patients Percentage
15 mg twice daily 11
30 mg twice daily 5
10 mg twice daily 3
30 mg daily 3
15 mg three times daily 3
60 mg twice daily 3
10mg as needed 3
30 mg three times daily 2
90 mg daily 2
30 mg four times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Morphine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 64
Other 56
Doctor's advice 54
Side effects too severe 47
Course of treatment ended 36
Personal research 13
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
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Duration

Currently taking Morphine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Morphine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 73
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 266
Usually 47
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 243
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 5
$100-199 4
$50-99 15
$25-49 17
< $25 181
Not specified 121

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Morphine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 16
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 13
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 11
Tramadol (Ultram) 10

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Morphine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 7
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Methadone (Methadose) 5
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans patch) 4

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching to

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45 patient evaluations for Morphine

Mar 18, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you are still in a lot of pain after taking this, nor find one to be enough; perhaps bring it up to your doctor. Honestly, I need a larger dose, and more frequently. Unfortunately, most of the time, doctors aren't going to budge... Even if you have a legitimate need for it. People are allowed to suffer all too often. If my pain gets even worse, I rarely break down and take more. They don't understand a patient taking opiates develops a tolerance. (rendering the tiny dose less effective, or not effective at all).

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Jul 28, 2017 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (itching, bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Cut down to one to two per day, if not needed for anxious mood. it causes way too much itching. Will take a Lorazepam instead.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (itching, bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: My wife makes up oral syringes so I have them whenever I need on. Usually have 4 a day. Take an extra dose if feeling excited or gasping for breath.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 1, 2017 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itching, bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Now taking up to 5 a day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 23, 2016 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itching, bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: My wife makes up oral syringes so I have them whenever I need on. Usually have 4 a day
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 27, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Take as prescribed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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