Oramorph (Oral Morphine for Treating Pain)
Morphine is available under many different brand names and Oramorph is one of them. Oramorph belongs to a class of drugs called opiate (opioid) pain relievers and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oramorph provides short term pain relief and is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance because the potential for abuse is high.
The physical consequences associated with Oramorph are extremely dangerous when the painkiller is abused, and unfortunately today, morphine and other narcotic medications are misused for non-medical reasons at an alarming rate.
Slow Release-Long Acting Formula of Oramorph
There's also an extended release formula of Oramorph that comes in capsule or tablet form called Oramorph SR that's used for relieving pain around the clock. Both the short acting and extended release formulas of Oramorph can be habit-forming and should never be abused because taking a high dose of any narcotic could lead to a coma, overdose or even death.
The misuse of opiate pain medications like Oramorph today are extremely high and people who abuse narcotic medications don't realize that even some of the side effects associated with morphine can be extremely serious. The misuse of morphine can lead to addiction as well as an accidental lethal overdose. Taking a high dose Oramorph is very dangerous and people who abuse the extended release formula Oramorph SR risk a lethal overdose very easily.
Oramorph Possible Side Effects
- Light headedness
- Oramorph Possible Serious Side Effects
- Slowed or irregular breathing
- Fast or slow heartbeat
- Blurry vision
- Rash, hives, itching
- Tightness in throat or difficulty swallowing
- Swelling (lower legs, ankles, feet, hands, and arms)
The extended released formula of Oramorph is intended to slowly release morphine into the body over a period of time and if the narcotic painkiller is crushed, chewed, snorted, or dissolved and injected, too much morphine enters the body at one time. The same holds true for the short acting formula of Oramorph because when people abuse pain medications for the purpose of getting high, they take a much larger dose than would be medically prescribed. Taking too much Oramorph can lead to a lethal overdose because the level of morphine in the body becomes dangerously high.
Morphine Overdose Symptoms could include; breathing problems, slowed heartbeat, loss of consciousness, blurry vision, nausea, fainting, drowsiness, clammy cold skin and muscle limpness.
Oramorph Tolerance and Addiction
Even patients taking Oramorph for the relief of pain can become physically dependent on the narcotic medication and experience symptoms of withdrawal if the drug is suddenly stopped. The use of morphine over an extended period of time can lead to tolerance in which the patient needs to have their dose increased because the pain medication has lost its effectiveness.
Morphine is a very potent opiate that can cause physical and psychological addiction much the same as heroin does. Repeated misuse of Oramorph in high doses for the purpose of getting high can lead to addiction in a short period of time leaving the addict to experience very uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal if the drug is stopped all of a sudden. The intensity and duration of Oramorph withdrawal depends on the degree of dependence, but the symptoms of morphine withdrawal are not likely to be life-threatening.
Oramorph Withdrawal Symptoms
- Problems with sleep
- Increased body temperature
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle spasms
- Severe flu like symptoms
Treatment for Oramorph (Morphine) Addiction
Inpatient and Outpatient Oramorph Treatment - There are many different treatment options available today for treating morphine addiction. Depending on the level of addiction and if there are other medical problems to take into consideration, inpatient and outpatient opiate treatment programs are extremely beneficial for helping people overcome their Oramorph use and addiction.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Morphine (Oramorph) Addiction is provided in many residential and outpatient recovery settings for morphine addiction. They provide medications as well as counseling, therapy and other beneficial treatment programs to help people achieve abstinence and learn how to maintain their daily recovery. Effective treatment options for treating opiate addiction include Naltrexone, Methadone and Buprenorphine.
Vivitrol is an injectable long-acting form of Naltrexone that is also beneficial for treating opioid addiction. Methadone and Buprenorphine both help to eliminate drug cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms so that abstinence can be achieved and the individual can focus on making changes in their life so they can overcome their Oramorph addiction or other opiate dependence.
Group Support Programs
The longer a person stays in treatment the more successful their long term recovery from morphine addiction will be. It's also important to surround yourself with positive support when overcoming opiate addiction and managing your daily recovery. Narcotics Anonymous and other group support programs are very beneficial for people recovering from Oramorph (morphine) addiction or any other opiate dependence.