Morphine is a common opioid used to treat pain symptoms. Short-acting morphine is often used in temporary instances of pain, while long-acting formulations are used for constant or chronic pain. Morphine is so strong that it is commonly used in hospice settings for end-of-life treatment. Although this drug delivers reliable pain relief, it also poses a danger for those who use it for pain management with long-term expectations. Morphine was not intended for prolonged use because of its physically and mentally addictive properties.
Often morphine users will be prescribed morphine in tablet form for pain relief from a specific injury or surgical procedure. While the original intention is to only take the prescribed amount at various intervals throughout the day, sometimes the pain grows worse or more frequent, making the patient sense a need for more frequent doses or increased amounts of medication. The elevation of pain may be an actual worsening of a condition, requiring a doctor’s assessment of the healing process, or it may be an issue of perception. Outside factors may increase pain sensations, prompting patients to manage the pain by adjusting their prescribed amounts of morphine. This is a dangerous practice, because larger amounts of morphine can cause your body to develop a tolerance to the drug, requiring you to continually up the amount of morphine you are using if you are to continue experiencing pain relief. Any attempt you make to go back to the original prescription guidelines may bring the onset of extremely uncomfortable and possibly harmful withdrawal symptoms.
The best rule of thumb is to always check with your healthcare provider when it seems that your prescribed dose is not managing your pain as you expected. If you are taking morphine because you are recovering from surgery or other medical treatment, it is possible that there are issues present in the healing process that need to be addressed. Talk to a doctor before you make any changes to your medication, and, if you suspect you are becoming addicted to morphine, get help as soon as possible.
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