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What is morphine?

Morphine is a medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. Morphine is an opiate and belongs to a group of medication known as narcotic analgesics. It works by attaching to receptors in the body and reducing the brain's sensitivity to pain.

Morphine can be prescribed for short-term pain and taken as needed. It may also be prescribed for chronic, or long-term, pain and be taken continually. There are different formulations of the drug, depending on why it is prescribed. Morphine must be taken with caution because of its highly addictive nature.

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