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Morphine Precautions

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Morphine should be taken with care, and only by those patients who have a legitimate prescription for this potent drug. The label carries a detailed list of morphine precautions, risks and warnings to make sure patients are as safe as possible during therapy. Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain. This opiate drug should only be used by people who are already tolerant to opiates, otherwise they risk overdose. Morphine can be habit-forming, leading patients to misuse or abuse it once they develop a tolerance. A tolerance is when the drug builds up in the body and no longer produces effects at the same dosage. Patients need to take more and more to achieve pain relief. Most cases of morphine addiction begin this way. It’s rarely the fault of patients. Taking more morphine than what’s prescribed, or taking it more often than recommended can lead to serious problems.

Morphine Precautions, Risks and Suggestions for Safe Use

There are a number of medical conditions which may not be compatible with morphine use. It’s important to check the label carefully and discuss your medical history with a doctor. Elderly or debilitated patients may be especially sensitive to the drug’s effects of respiratory depression. Morphine causes central nervous system depression. Combining it with alcohol, which has the same effect, can be deadly. Other substances that should not be mixed with morphine include benzodiazepines, other opiates and sleeping medications. Patients who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction should only use morphine if a doctor determines the benefits outweigh the risks. Morphine has a high potential for abuse and illegal diversion. Overdose, withdrawal symptoms and addiction are also risks. A morphine addiction is very serious and creates a painful withdrawal syndrome that develops when patients try to stop using it after a prolonged time.

Safe, Effective Morphine Detox Takes Less Than Two Hours

Waismann Method in southern California offers rapid detox and other forms of medical detoxification, that keeps patients comfortable through the withdrawal syndrome phase. Symptoms of morphine withdrawal include intense drug cravings, hallucinations, body shakes, aches and pains and nausea. Our accelerated morphine detox takes less than two hours and uses intravenous medication, administered by our board certified anesthesiologist, while patients sleep lightly under sedation. This medication cleanses the opiates from patients’ opiate receptors and eliminates physical dependence;  patients awaken a short time later without the conscious awareness they experienced an accelerated withdrawal. The procedure allows patients to move forward in recovery without pain and discomfort that usually accompanies withdrawal in traditional treatment centers. The required inpatient stay for most patients is 5 to 10 days which includes a few days in the hospital, followed by our exclusive recovery retreat;  a much shorter commitment than most morphine rehab programs. Our detox is safe, effective and private.  We also don’t use opiate replacements such as methadone or Suboxone to wean patients. Our program is completely humane and discreet and offers an optional extended aftercare  through our Domus Retreat.

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