What should I know about morphine sulfate before taking it?

Morphine sulfate is a narcotic and can be habit-forming. Older individuals may have increased sensitivity to this medication. Do not increase your dose of morphine sulfate 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 sulfate 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 sulfate unless you have already been treated with it or another opioid drug and have found you can tolerate it. 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 sulfate during pregnancy may cause an addiction to morphine sulfate in a newborn baby and cause withdrawal symptoms. Morphine sulfate passes into breast milk and can harm your baby.

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