What are the possible side effects of Oramorph oral solution 10mg/5ml?
Oramorph is an oral solution 10mg / 5ml is a liquid form of morphine, which is used in very small doses for the relief of long term or chronic breathlessness.
Oramorph oral solution 10mg / 5ml is liquid morphine . It is available in two different strengths. The strength commonly used for breathlessness is Oramorph 10mg / 5mls. Each 5mls contains 10mg of morphine. It is commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain. There is also information showing that Oramorph oral solution 10mg / 5ml is effective for treating breathlessness and is safe for you to take. Oramorph oral solution 10mg / 5ml should make breathing feel easier. You may feel more relaxed too.
Why is it used?
You may feel concerned at the thought of using morphine for a number of reasons:
You may recognize this as a medicine used for pain including when someone has cancer or is dying. This is absolutely not why Oramorph is used for breathlessness.
Easy-to-read medicine information about morphine – what it is, how to take morphine safely and possible side effects. Morphine is commonly called RA-Morph, m-Eslon SR and Sevredol.
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What is morphine?
Morphine is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain such as after an injury, or operation or pain caused by a terminal illness such as cancer. It is usually used when other milder painkillers such as paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) don’t work well enough.
- Morphine belongs to a group of medicines called opioid painkillers. They act on your brain and nervous system to reduce pain.
- Other pain relievers such as paracetamol and NSAIDs (ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen) may also be used with morphine.
- Morphine is not very effective for nerve pain.
- In New Zealand morphine is available as capsules, tablets, in a liquid form and as an injection.
- Read more about pain, pain-relief medication, opioid painkillers.
- The dose of morphine will be different for different people.
- Always take your morphine exactly as your doctor has told you. Depending on the reason you are taking it, your doctor may advise that you take regular doses or take morphine only when you need it for pain relief. Make sure you know which is right for you.
- The pharmacy label on your medicine will tell you how much morphine to take, how often to take it, and any special instructions.
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How to take morphine
- You can take morphine with or without food.
- Morphine is available as tablets and capsules. The oral liquid and injections are mostly used in hospital.
- Some types of morphine are short-acting or immediate release and others are long-acting or slow release. Ask your pharmacist if you are not sure about the type you are taking.
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Long-acting or slow release tablets
- Limit or avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking morphine. Taking morphine with alcohol can make you more sleepy, drowsy or dizzy.
- If you forget to take your dose, take it as soon as you remember. But, if it is nearly time for your next dose, just take the next dose at the right time. Do not take double the amount.
Precautions – before starting morphine
- Do you have breathing problems such as asthma, COPD or sleep apnoea?
- Have you had an accident or a head injury?
- Do you have low blood pressure or problems with your thyroid?
- Do you have problems with your bowel such as constipation?
- Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Are you taking any other medicines? This includes any medicines you buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
If so, it’s important that you tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start morphine. Sometimes a medicine isn’t suitable for a person with certain conditions, or it can only be used with extra care.