Morphine sulfate, or morphine, is a prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. As an opioid analgesic, it provides acute and chronic pain relief by attaching to opioid receptors throughout the body.
The street price of morphine is similar to the street price of many other opioids. For example, in general, fentanyl costs about $40 per tablet, hydromorphone costs about $30 per tablet, and oxycodone costs about $20 per tablet.
Morphine is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. That means it slows down your breathing. If you take too much morphine, your breathing may slow to the point of respiratory depression and overdose. Other signs of a morphine overdose may include:
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Morphine is an opiate that relieves moderate to severe pain and can ease chronic pain. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies morphine as a Schedule II controlled substance because of its high potential for abuse, addiction, and physical dependence.
A lot of street morphine is made by illicit drug manufacturers who use pill presses at their homes or clandestine laboratories. These pills often contain cutting agents to stretch the supply and increase profit margins.
Many health insurance providers cover some or all of the cost of a morphine prescription, though it may be for a limited time. (Morphine is generally recommended for short-term use.) You may have a small copay at the time of pickup.
Street morphine may also be cut with cheaper drugs, like fentanyl. Fentanyl is a potent opioid. A tiny bit of it produces an intense high, so a little bit goes a long way. It only takes a small amount to overdose, too.
Over time, Morphine Sulfate Sr may produce tolerance and physical dependence as your body becomes used to the medication. Tolerance occurs when a dose that used to provide acceptable pain relief is no longer effective, and higher doses are required to achieve the same level of pain relief. Physical dependence is a state where the body will go into withdrawal if the medication is stopped suddenly. If you have been taking morphine on a regular basis for a long period of time, talk to your doctor before stopping the medication, as withdrawal effects can occur.
15 mg Each green, round, film-coated, biconvex sustained-release tablet engraved "N" on one side and "15" on the other contains 15 mg of morphine sulfate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C Yellow No. 10/Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No. 1/Brilliant Blue FCF Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40/Allura Red AC Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol-partially hydrolyzed, stearic acid, talc, and titanium dioxide. Morphine Sulfate Sr does not contain tartrazine.
30 mgEach violet, round, film-coated, biconvex sustained-release tablet engraved "N" on one side and "30" on the other contains 30 mg of morphine sulfate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C Red No. 27/Phloxine Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No. 2/Indigo Carmine Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6/Sunset Yellow FCF Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol-partially hydrolyzed, stearic acid, talc, and titanium dioxide. Morphine Sulfate Sr does not contain tartrazine.
60 mg Each orange, round, film-coated, biconvex sustained-release tablet engraved "N" on one side and "60" on the other contains 60 mg of morphine sulfate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, FD&C Red No. 40/Allura Red AC Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6/Sunset Yellow FCF Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol-partially hydrolyzed, stearic acid, talc, and titanium dioxide. Morphine Sulfate Sr does not contain tartrazine.
Abdominal (stomach) conditions: Morphine and other narcotic medications may make the diagnosis of abdominal conditions more difficult or it may worsen these conditions. People who experience slower-than-normal passage of material through the digestive system may experience more side effects from morphine sustained release. If you have abdominal problems, discuss with your doctor how Morphine Sulfate Sr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Morphine Sulfate Sr, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Accidental use: Accidental ingestion or use of as little as one dose of morphine by someone for whom it has not been prescribed can lead to a fatal overdose. Children are especially at risk. Keep Morphine Sulfate Sr out of sight and reach of children.
Breathing: Morphine can suppress breathing, particularly if taken by someone who has not taken morphine before. This is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. If you are at risk for breathing difficulties such as asthma, discuss with your doctor how Morphine Sulfate Sr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Morphine Sulfate Sr, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Keep this and all medications out of reach of children.
Dependence and withdrawal: Drug addiction is usually not a problem for people who require Morphine Sulfate Sr for pain relief. Physical dependence (a need to take regular doses to prevent physical symptoms) has been associated with narcotic analgesics such as morphine. Withdrawal symptoms may be experienced if the dose is significantly reduced or suddenly discontinued. These symptoms include seizures, irritability, sleep problems, agitation, tremors, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, headache, muscle cramps, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, sweating, and confusion. Reducing the dose gradually under medical supervision can help prevent or decrease these withdrawal symptoms when Morphine Sulfate Sr is no longer required for pain control.
Serotonin syndrome: Severe reactions are possible when morphine is combined with other medications that act on serotonin, such as tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin reuptake inhibitors (medications used to treat depression). Symptoms of a reaction may include muscle rigidity and spasms, difficulty moving, or changes in mental state including delirium and agitation. Coma and death are possible.
Pregnancy: Morphine Sulfate Sr should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Morphine Sulfate Sr, contact your doctor immediately. Infants born to mothers who have been taking morphine for long periods of time or who are physically dependent on morphine will also be physically dependent on the medication and may experience breathing difficulties as well as withdrawal symptoms.
Breast-feeding: Morphine Sulfate Sr passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking morphine sustained release, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
More extreme offenses, such as trafficking of controlled substances like morphine, are subject to prosecution and penalties at the federal level. For example, trafficking in morphine represents a violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and is punished by financial penalties of between $1 million and $5 million, and a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Those who repeatedly traffic in Schedule II controlled substances face additional financial penalties of between $2 to $10 million, alongside the potential for an additional 30-year prison sentence.
Due to its status as a controlled substance, morphine may only be legally possessed if a prescription from a licensed physician is active and if the amount in possession is equal to or less than the maximum allotment of the prescription. People caught with morphine without a prescription, in possession of an amount greater than the prescribed quantity, with an expired prescription or attempting to sell their morphine prescription, face state misdemeanor or federal felony charges.
People caught with a prescribed, controlled substance, such as morphine, outside of its original container are subject to criminal penalties in many states. This criminal offense is common and committed often, many times without the knowledge of its unlawfulness.
The only exception to this rule is the specific instance in which the drug is removed from its original bottle to be taken by the person prescribed the drug. Individuals prescribed morphine by their physician may not store their medication in pockets, bags or any other container or bottle.
Throughout the United States, possession of a controlled substance is illegal without a prescription. Being caught with morphine that was prescribed to someone else, is a criminal offense with legal consequences.
In the state of Colorado, for example, being caught possessing morphine prescribed to someone else is a Level 4 drug felony, including penalties of between 6 and 12 months in prison, a mandatory year-long parole period and a financial penalty of up to $100,000.
Individuals caught high on morphine, without a prescription from a licensed medical professional, face a series of criminal offenses outside of those related to possession, distribution, and sale. Typically, criminal penalties related to controlled substance use are misdemeanor offenses. Additionally, for individuals enrolled in treatment programs, on probation or under court-mandated drug conditions, morphine use detected in random drug test programs can result in violations of those programs (such as violations of probation) and additional legal penalties, likely to be far in excess of the penalties of the original offense. 041b061a72