Morphine Abuse and Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

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Morphine Abuse and Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

Morphine is a very powerful narcotic pain reliever but it's also a drug that can lead to chronic addiction especially when abused for non-medical reasons. Any narcotic drug can cause breathing problems, extreme drowsiness or lead to an overdose, coma or even death if the dose is too high.

Extended release formulas of morphine such as Avinza are prescribed to patients that need around the clock pain relief, but sustained released formulas are also abused.

Long acting sustained release formulas of morphine are very dangerous narcotic medications when they're misused. They're intended to release a safe amount of the painkiller into the bloodstream within a specific time-frame depending on the medication. When timed released morphine pain medications are abused they're often crushed, chewed, snorted, or dissolved and injected which dangerously releases the medication into the bloodstream at one time. If morphine is released too quickly and the dose is too high, it can lead to a lethal overdose.

Morphine withdrawal symptoms can be emotionally and physically uncomfortable but there are excellent research based treatments available today that provide medications and other forms of treatment so a person can overcome their use of narcotics safely and effectively. Cravings and other symptoms of morphine withdrawal can be very uncomfortable when a person attempts to detox on their own without receiving professional help. Morphine withdraw symptoms can include:

  • Cravings for morphine
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Problems with sleep
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle spasms
  • Severe flu like symptoms

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