09 Feb Morphine: One of the Most Popular Opioids
At Integrated Pain Consultants, we prioritize the health and comfort of our patients, which includes pain management and relief. However, opioids aren’t always the best approach for all patients.
Morphine and Opioids: Similarities and Differences
Opioids are a type of narcotic that affects the nervous system in order to relieve pain. Morphine is one of the most commonly prescribed opioids, but they come in a variety of brand names and street names including codeine, Demerol, Duramorph, Roxanol, and even just “painkillers.” Morphine is derived from the opium poppy, and ranked by the Global Information Network About Drugs (GINAD) as one of the strongest opioid drugs on the market (and the street).
Morphine might be prescribed as a tablet, a liquid, capsule, suppository, or as an injectable. It also comes in a variety of names such as Kadian, MSiR, and many more. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has designated morphine as a Schedule II controlled substance, the strongest regulation for medically-used drugs. It means they have the highest potential of being abused and to cause addiction.
Sometimes, morphine is used as an alternative to heroin recreationally-or it can lead users down the path towards heroin addiction. Like all opioids, morphine blocks the pain sensations and settles down parts of the central nervous system. Side effects can include lower blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration while at the same time causing euphoria (thus making the person feel good). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that even when used as prescribed, morphine and other opioids can be habit-forming.
There’s a difference between addiction and dependence. Someone who’s dependent on drugs might not be addicted (yet). Instead, it means the body and mind are used to the doses received and count on how the drug works to feel a certain amount of pain relief. Addiction occurs when using the drug is compulsive.
Get Relief From Back, Neck, Joint, and Nerve Pain at Integrated Pain Consultants
That’s why we are conservative with the prescription of opioids like morphine, and why they are prescribed for short-term pain. Call Integrated Pain Consultants today at 480-626-2552 to schedule an appointment to discuss medication management and pain relief options.