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What should I know about morphine sustained release?

Morphine sustained release is a narcotic and can be habit-forming. Older individuals may have increased sensitivity to this medication. Do not increase your dose of morphine sustained release on your own. Contact your doctor if you feel this medication is not working as effectively as it should. Do not suddenly stop taking morphine sustained release as you may experience uncomfortable side effects (withdrawal symptoms).

Your doctor can help you ease off this medication. Certain health conditions may contraindicate the use of morphine sustained release unless you have already been treated with it or another opioid drug and have found it tolerable. Inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions, including breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); kidney, liver or gallbladder disease; hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid); curvature of the spine; adrenal gland disorders such as Addison's disease; seizure disorders such as epilepsy; a history of head injuries; a history of brain tumors; hypotension (low blood pressure); problems with urination including an enlarged prostate; mental illness; or an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Talk to your doctor if you become pregnant, want to become pregnant or are nursing a baby. Using morphine sustained release for a prolonged time during pregnancy may cause an addiction to morphine sustained release in your newborn baby and cause withdrawal symptoms. Morphine sustained release passes into breast milk and can harm your baby. Do not use this medication for pain relief during childbirth.

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