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Morphine is a potent opioid drug used as a pain reliever in medical settings. Morphine is derived from the opium poppy, like other opioids including heroin and codeine. These drugs bind to mu-opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Morphine and other opioids activate these receptors and change the person’s response to pain. As a Schedule II controlled substance, morphine use can cause addiction and dependence. With dependence, withdrawal symptoms can occur if someone suddenly stops using morphine.
When a person is dependent on morphine, their central nervous system relies on the drug for normal function because of changes in the brain’s chemical structure. If someone who’s dependent on morphine suddenly stops using it, they may experience withdrawal.
Opioid withdrawal can vary for each person, both in symptoms and severity. The morphine withdrawal timeline depends on the person as well, including their physical attributes and history of substance use.
The amount of morphine and duration of addiction can also influence withdrawal symptoms. If someone has been using high doses of morphine for a long time, they may have more intense and longer-lasting withdrawal symptoms than someone who has been taking a lower dose of morphine for a shorter period of time.
Morphine withdrawal side effects can be physical and psychological. Opioid detox is often uncomfortable, which is why many people rely on professional treatment to help. Possible morphine withdrawal side effects include:
Morphine withdrawal isn’t life-threatening in most cases, but it can be a deterrent to someone who wants to stop using the substance or pursue addiction treatment.
Everyone’s period of detoxing from morphine can be different, but there is a general guide for short-acting morphine:
Long-acting morphine formulations, like MS Contin, may have a slower withdrawal onset. For long-acting morphine, symptoms generally emerge within the first day after stopping the drug and can continue up to 10 days. Like with short-acting morphine, protracted withdrawal symptoms are also possible.
Home remedies are not recommended to help treat morphine withdrawal. Little data is available to support the use of home detox regimens for morphine, and none have been evaluated for safety by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The safest way to detox from morphine is under medical supervision, such as at a drug detox facility where you can be monitored around the clock. Trying to quit at home without help can increase your risk of withdrawal symptoms and cravings, which can lead to relapse.
To help manage morphine withdrawal symptoms, a professional detox may be recommended. During a professional morphine detox, patients receive 24-hour medical care and treatment as they go through withdrawal. This level of support can minimize discomfort and ensure symptoms don’t become severe or complications don’t arise.
In a medically-supervised detox center, many different medications can be administered to help manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. These include, as medically appropriate:
Medical professionals may offer other medications to treat specific withdrawal symptoms. For example, loperamide, or Imodium, can treat diarrhea during opioid withdrawal.
The Orlando Recovery Center offers a 93-bed detox and rehab facility on the banks of Lake Ellenor outside Orlando so that you can detox and heal in a comfortable, calming setting. In addition to morphine detox services, we also offer inpatient and outpatient rehab, providing a smooth transition to the next phase in your recovery.
Our inpatient and outpatient rehab programs are customized to your needs and include options for a partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient treatment, as well as teletherapy. If you or your loved one is struggling with morphine or opioid addiction and dependence, reach out to the Orlando Recovery Center to speak with our skilled, compassionate staff.
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