How Does Morphine Work?

Morphine is manufactured to help control long-term pain. Short-term pain or injuries often require a lower-costing and less addictive medicine such as codeine. Although both morphine and high doses of codeine require prescriptions, lower dosages of codeine can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies. Morphine in any dosage requires a prescription due to its potential for abuse.

Positive Effects of Morphine

When used in the correct dosage morphine is highly effective. Morphine is used to help people diagnosed with cancer, individuals with amputations, and many other long-term or irreversible diseases or pain. Without morphine many of these people would be in constant excruciating pain. Morphine has many positive side effects including:

  • Pain control. Morphine decreases pain by working with the brain to help increase an individual’s pain tolerance.
  • Relieves fear and anxiety. Morphine stimulates the brain to produce a sense of euphoria with the release of endorphins. Endorphins are located through your brain and nervous system. Endorphins interact with receptors in cells that are found in regions of the brain that are responsible for controlling pain and emotion.
  • Cough suppressant. Morphine dulls the brain’s cough reflex. Morphine has a history of being used as a cough suppressant.

Negative Side Effects of Morphine

Medical personal are trained to give the correct dosage to help an individual avoid negative sides effects such as the following:

  • Physical and mental impairment. Morphine’s sedating effects can cause an individual to become lethargic.
  • Tolerance. Once the body becomes accustomed to the dosage of morphine, the brain will require a higher dosage of morphine to dull the pain.
  • Dependence. Once the body has received constant doses of morphine, the body becomes dependent.
  • Deprivation. If the body is suddenly deprived of morphine, it body produces severe flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and chills.

Morphine Addiction Rehabilitation and Treatment

Morphine dependence or addiction makes ending morphine use difficult. The physical and psychological effects of morphine require professional treatment, if long-term recovery is to be a possibility. Please call our toll-free helpline to learn more about morphine and your options for ending your or a loved one’s addiction. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.