What is Morphine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Morphine ER Morphine Sulfate IR (MSIR) 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 287 131
Fibromyalgia 150 75
Breakthrough pain 26 19
Kidney stone 25 8
Pain in lower back 19 12

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 30
Moderate 71
Mild 108
None 110

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Morphine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 64
Drowsiness 12
Nausea 12
Dizziness 8
Chronic constipation 7
Itching 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Morphine

Dosage Patients
15 mg twice daily 16
30 mg twice daily 15
15 mg three times daily 12
15 mg four times daily 5
60 mg twice daily 5
60 mg daily 4
30 mg three times daily 4
90 mg daily 4
10mg as needed 4
45 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Morphine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 55
Other 49
Doctor's advice 46
Side effects too severe 40
Course of treatment ended 36
Personal research 10
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
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Duration

Currently taking Morphine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Morphine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 67
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 249
Usually 45
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 33
A little hard to take 43
Not at all hard to take 230
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 3
$50-99 15
$25-49 17
< $25 173
Not specified 107

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Morphine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 15
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 11
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 9
Tramadol (Ultram) 9

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Morphine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 5
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4
Methadone (Methadose) 4
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 4

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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44 patient evaluations for Morphine

Jul 28, 2017 (Started Oct 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (bad taste in mouth, itching)
  • 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 (bad taste in mouth, itching)
  • 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 (bad taste in mouth, itching)
  • 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 (bad taste in mouth, itching)
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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: 30 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Take as prescribed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 16, 2017 (Started May 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Twice daily

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