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Morhpine Description

Morhpine Description

Generic Name : MORHPINE

Pronunciation : (mor' feen)

Trade Name(s) : Morcontin, Rilemorf

Why it is prescribed: Morphine is used to relieve severe acute and severe chronic pain.

When it is to be taken: Morphine is usually taken every four hours as needed. Follow the instructions on your prescription label, and ask your doctor to explain any part that you do not understand.

How it should be taken: Morphine comes in the form of tablets and liquid to be taken orally and in suppositories to be inserted rectally. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. To insert a morphine suppository into the rectum, follow these steps:
1. Remove the wrapper
2. Dip the tip of the suppository in water.
3. Lie down on your left side and raise your right knee to your chest.
4. Using your finger, insert the suppository into the rectum, about 1/2 to 1 inch in infants and children and 1 inch in adults.
5. Hold it in place for a few moments. You may stand up after about 15 minutes.
6. Wash your hands thoroughly and resume your normal activities.

Special Instruction :
1. Morphine can be habit-forming. Do not take it more often or for a longer period than your doctor tells you to, and do not take more than the amount prescribed at each dose.
2. Do not increase your dose without consulting your doctor.
3. This drug may decrease mental alertness. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how the drug affects you.

Side Effects :
1. Nausea. Vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness. Lie down for a while. If these effects continue or are severe, contact your doctor.
2. Constipation, difficulty urinating. Contact your doctor.
3. Difficulty breathing. Alert family members or some other person who is likely to be nearby to call your doctor immediately if you have difficulty breathing or feel faint.

Other Precautions :
1. If you are allergic to codeine, tell your doctor before you take morphine.
2. Tell your doctor what drugs, including non prescription drugs, you are taking.
3. Do not take analgesics, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, antidepressants, sedatives, or any other medication while you are taking morphine unless your doctor tells you that you may.
4. Alcoholic beverages can add to the effects of morphine, causing dizziness, drowsiness, and stomach irritation.
5. Ask your doctor for advice about the safe use of alcohol.
6. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should inform their doctors before taking morphine.
7. Do not allow anyone else to take your medication. It is against the law.

Storage Conditions :
1. Keep morphine in the container it came in and protect if from light.
2. Store it at room temperature.
3. Keep it out of the reach of children.

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