side effects of morphine

All opioids, like morphine, are naturally derived from the opium poppy plant. Studies show that around 12 percent of people who use prescription opioid drugs develop an addiction, and more than 100 people die every day from opioid overdoses in the United States. These statistics are staggering and why so many people see help through a quality opioid rehab program like the one offered at Solution Based Treatment.

Why Is Morphine Prescribed? 

About 11 percent of adults in the United States experience pain every day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A large percentage of Americans who have surgery suffer chronic pain after surgery. So, doctors freely prescribe prescription drugs to help ease the pain. 

Doctors also recommend opioids, like morphine, to help treat pain following traumatic injuries and even chronic migraines or backaches. Cancer patients are commonly prescribed opioids to deal with the intense pain of their treatment.

The problem is that morphine has serious – and sometimes deadly – side effects. While doctors consider these side effects every time they prescribe the drugs, it’s all too easy for their patients to become dependent on the drug. Morphine helps release the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. This signals and creates the feeling of pleasure, which is why morphine is such an effective pain reliever.

Side Effects of Morphine Use 

The side effects of morphine are many. They can range from unassuming to really serious. Serious physical and mental health side effects include:

  • extreme drowsiness
  • Feeling faint
  • seizures
  • chest pain
  • irregular heartbeat
  • unusual blue hue to skin color 
  • hallucinations
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • erectile dysfunction 
  • inconsistent menstrual cycle 
  • decreased sexual desire
  • fever
  • hives
  • swelling of the eyes, face, mouth, lips, or throat
  • difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking

Less severe symptoms are still a signal to contact your doctor, so don’t discount them. 

  • constricted pupils 
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • Mood swings 
  • nervousness
  • stomach pain and cramps
  • painful urination 

Treatment for Morphine Addiction

Treatment starts with medically supervised detox. This allows the client to rid their bodies of the drug in a safe and controlled environment. At this point, the treatment team will also prepare clients for managing the symptoms of their withdrawal during treatment. The next step in treatment is to start a residential treatment program. By removing yourself from your everyday environment, you can focus on health, well-being, and recovery. Residential treatment utilizes individual and group therapy, and clients with treatment-resistant addiction may also benefit from medication-assisted treatment to manage serious cravings throughout recovery. Join us in recovery at Solution Based Treatment and Detox for the following opioid addiction treatment programs:

There are cases when clients go right from detox to outpatient programs if their addiction is not as severe. They receive the same treatment services, but they can do so while living at home or in off-site sober housing. After clients do complete a residential treatment program, an outpatient program is recommended to follow that. 

Get Help From the Caring and Professional Team at SBT

At Solution Based Treatment, we are proud to offer three different treatment programs to help you overcome your drug addiction: residential, partial hospitalization, or an intensive outpatient program. We work with clients to personalize each program in our inviting, warm, and friendly environment run by a caring and compassionate team of professionals. Our treatment facility is near California’s mountains, beaches, valleys, and parks, offering you an ideal location to recover in. Contact us today at 833.999.1941 if you or a loved one needs help with a morphine addiction.

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