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 292 138
Fibromyalgia 153 77
Breakthrough pain 30 21
Kidney stone 23 8
Pain in lower back 20 12

Show all 139 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
Severe 31
Moderate 75
Mild 113
None 115

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Morphine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 68
Drowsiness 15
Nausea 12
Itching 9
Dizziness 8
Sleepiness 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Morphine

Dosage Patients
15 mg twice daily 13
30 mg twice daily 10
30 mg daily 6
15 mg three times daily 6
30 mg three times daily 4
30mg as needed 4
15 mg daily 3
90 mg daily 3
120 mg daily 3
60 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Morphine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 60
Other 55
Doctor's advice 54
Side effects too severe 45
Course of treatment ended 35
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
See all 205 patients who've stopped taking Morphine

Duration

Currently taking Morphine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Morphine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 72
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 261
Usually 46
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 44
Not at all hard to take 237
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 3
$50-99 15
$25-49 17
< $25 177
Not specified 118

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Morphine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 16
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 13
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 11
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 10
Tramadol (Ultram) 9

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Morphine and switched to:

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

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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 (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

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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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