Oramorph is a liquid morphine medication used to treat moderate to severe, chronic pain. The drug Oramorph is a brand name opioid analgesic that works by interacting with certain pain related chemicals in the brain and central nervous system. The drug not only effectively relieves pain, put also creates feelings of pleasure and relaxation. Coupled with its high potency and potential for dependency, Oramorph addiction and abuse can develop very quickly in the user.
Like its opioid narcotic counterparts, Oramorph is a Schedule II drug as classified by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Schedule II drugs, while they are prescribed legally and have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US, carry a high potential for abuse. Oramorph addiction can lead users to build a tolerance, causing both psychological and physical dependence. Oramorph abuse and addiction brings with it many undesired side effects which can worsen over time. Side effects of Oramorph liquid are discussed in further detail below.
Common street names for oramorph
As it is a brand name for morphine, Oramorph is commonly referred to by the street names associated with morphine. Morphine street names include:
- Uncle Morphy
- Vitamin M
- Miss Emma
- Lady M
- Big M
- Mister Blue
- God’s drug
- Monkey dust
- Gold dust
- Cube juice
- Red Cross
- White hop
- Number 13
When Oramorph liquid is taken via an inhaler, drug abusers and those suffering from Oramorph addiction can call this “chasing the dragon”.
History and Trends in Oramorph Addiction and Abuse
Opium based medications have been used to treat pain for millennia. Even though it was very widely used, the effects of opium were often difficult to predict as each batch of opium were unique. Realizing the problem of unstandardized dosages would continue until addressed, a young apothecary’s assistant in Germany in the early 1800s set to work. Friedrich Serturner was eventually able to isolate the active ingredient in opium, which he named morphine, and administer it safely to humans. The use of morphine as an analgesic medication quickly gained ground and by the mid-1820s reliable, standardized dosages were being manufactured by pharmaceutical companies the world over.
Even though the use of morphine to treat pain proved much safer and effective than its predecessor, opium, the high potential for dependency, abuse, and addiction remained. Today we understand the effects regular use of morphine can have on the user and patients. Patients who are prescribed Oramorph, even when taking the drug as prescribed, can begin to abuse the drug if and when tolerance develops. As more of the drug is needed to feel the desired effects, dependency develops and unwanted side effects can present themselves. Caution should be taken by both the patient and their prescribing physician to avoid Oramorph addiction and abuse.
Side Effects of Oramorph Liquid
The side effects of Oramorph liquid are similar to that of other morphine based medicines and can include:
- Abnormally low blood pressure
More serious side effects of Oramorph liquid can include:
- Slowed or fast heart rate
- Rash or hives
- Allergic reaction
- Muscle spasms
- Severe stomach or abdominal pain
- Trouble breathing
- Blurred or double vision
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Confusion or agitation
Signs of Oramorph addiction and abuse are characterized by the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Muscles spasms
- Poor memory
- Inability to focus
Individuals suffering from Oramorph addiction may experience additional, non-physical signs of abuse such as troubles in personal relationships, school and/or work, and finances.
As with all morphine based medication, one of the more severe side effects of Oramorph liquid is slowed or stopped breathing. This can be fatal if not treated straight away. Those taking Oramorph or other opioid analgesics should not take it with alcohol or other medications that suppress the central nervous system as this could lead to serious side effects.
Withdrawal symptoms of oramorph
When an individual suffering from Oramorph addiction and abuse suddenly stops taking the drug, withdrawal symptoms may be experienced. These may include:
- Muscle and body aches
- Stomach and abdominal pain
Treatment for Oramorph Addiction and Abuse
An experienced medical team can help those who have been battling Oramorph abuse overcome the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings that often result in the user returning to the drug. In addition to medically assisted detox, patients will receive counselling and various forms of therapy to treat the underlying social and psychological factors that led to addiction. If chronic pain is also a factor, patients will work with doctors to find a treatment plan that addresses the pain. For sever Oramorph addiction, an inpatient rehab center may offer the best chance for a successful recovery.
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