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 154 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

Show all 93 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Morphine

Dosage Patients
15 mg twice daily 12
30 mg twice daily 10
15 mg three times daily 7
30 mg daily 6
30 mg three times daily 4
15 mg daily 3
10 mg twice 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 56
Doctor's advice 55
Side effects too severe 45
Course of treatment ended 35
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
See all 208 patients who've stopped taking Morphine

Duration

Currently taking Morphine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Morphine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 73
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 9
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-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 11
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

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching to

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45 patient evaluations for Morphine

Apr 21, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in upper back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 45 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The biggest obstacle to Opioid therapy for chronic pain is the restrictions and precautions placed on the patient by the government for obtaining and storing the medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 45 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: No problem with this medication, it worked great on breakthrough pain. My only concern was that I would develop a high tolerance for it and if I was ever seriously injured or became chronically ill, then it would not be affective. I also know now that I was not educated properly by my PCP at the time. I was given the false pretense that this medication would eliminate my pain 100%. After I struggled for over a year with managing my pain (and not taking medication properly because of being uneducated) I did the research on my conditions and pain medications and learned that you are always going to feel up to 30% of pain and the goal should be to lower the pain level as much as possible with medications and alternative methods like a heating pad for example.

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 29, 2008 (Started Oct 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (intoxication)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: intoxication

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