Using morphine by itself can be a risky activity. As an opioid, morphine is highly addictive—even when prescribed by a physician.. To make matters worse, people who are addicted to morphine often combine morphine with another substance to heighten the effects of both substances. However, mixing morphine with other substances, even over-the-counter medicines, can create a host of negative side effects as those drugs interact in your body, including overdose and death.
Common substances people take with morphine include:
- Alcohol – Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug, and it is often combined with morphine. However, both alcohol and morphine are depressants, which means that taking them together will likely result in extreme drowsiness, lack of coordination, diminishing motor skills, seizures, slowed heartbeat, coma, or death.
- Stimulants – Stimulants like Ritalin speed up bodily functions such as heart rate. Taking both morphine and stimulants simultaneously puts stress and strain on the heart. This can result in an irregular heartbeat or even heart failure. Furthermore, stimulants can hide the symptoms of a morphine overdose and increases the risk of accidental death.
- Benzos (Benzodiazepines) – Benzos are a classification of CNS (central nervous system) depressant drugs that are used most commonly to treat anxiety and insomnia. The combination of both morphine and benzos can cause breathing to slow down too much, which can lead to overdose and death.
- Antidepressants – When taken with morphine, older MAOI antidepressants can cause a number of startling side effects. These include slow or shallow breathing, low blood pressure, shock, seizures, and even coma.
These are just a few of the possible side effects of taking morphine with other drugs. There are many others that can be just as dangerous. Any benefit you think you might enjoy by experimenting with multiple drugs is not worth risking your life.
Getting Help For Your Morphine Addiction
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