The Definition of Duramorph
Duramorph is an injectable form of morphine, which is an narcotic pain reliever (opiate-type). It is used to treat severe pain and works by acting on certain centers in the brain to give patient pain relief. Duramorph is given by injection into a vein, into a muscle, or under the skin.
Duramorph is a schedule II drug which means it has a high risk of abuse and dependency. Patients taking are strongly advised to take the medication exactly as prescribed by their Doctor to prevent any adverse effects. If the patient develops a tolerance to the medication where it is not working at the prescribed dose they are advised to contact the prescribing physician immediately. Patients are not advised to abruptly stop the use of Duramorph due to withdrawal symptoms that may occur, they are to slowly ween off the medication for safety and comfort.
Common Side Effects of Duramorph
- increased sweating
- dry mouth
- Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
Severe Side Effects of Duramorph
- mental/mood changes (such as agitation, hallucinations, confusion)
- difficulty urinating
- vision changes
- slow/fast heartbeat
- severe stomach/abdominal pain
- change in urine output
- slow/shallow breathing
If the patient experiences any of these severe side effects while taking Duramorph they are advised to seek medical treatment immediately.
Duramorph is is used to treat severe pain in both a home or hospital setting. Patients prescribed Duramorph are advised to take the medication as directed by the prescribing physician to prevent an dependency from occurring. If the medication stops working the patient may have developed a tolerance, contact the prescribing doctor immediately to prevent dependency.
This medication is also commonly given as an injection into the area around the spinal cord (epidural) or into the fluid-filled space that contains the spinal cord (intrathecal). This form of Duramorph treatment begins within a hospital setting to ensure the patients health and safety. When cleared by the Doctor the patient can return home using Duramorph as a form of pain relief.
Signs and Symptoms of Duramorph Abuse
Duramorph has a high risk of abuse associated with it. While the medication is typically abused by those who are prescribed the medication others will seek out the drug for recreational purposes. When taken in high doses Duramorph not only reliefs severe physical pain but it also creates a sense of well being and euphoria, similar to that of Heroin.
Prolonged use of Duramorph typically results in the user developing a tolerance where they require larger doses to acheive the desired effects. As the dost increases the users more likely to develop a physical and psychological dependency on the medication. When stopping the use of Duramorph after its long term use, especially in high doses, the user can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms that can be overwhelming and even painful.
Duramorph Withdrawal Symptoms
- watery eyes
- widened pupils
- runny nose
- muscle twitches
- hot flashes / cold flashes
- aching bones and muscles
- loss of appetite
Signs of Duramorph Abuse
- Taking larger doses than prescribed
- Hiding the use of the medication
- Fording prescriptions or visiting multiple doctors of new prescriptions
- Trouble at home or work
- Financial difficulties
- Problems within personal relationships
- Lack of interest in normal activities
- Withdrawal symptoms when abruptly stopping the use of Duramorph
- Thoughts and actions consumed by Duramorph use
Duramorph Addiction Treatment
Duramorph is an opioid pain reliever, the injectable from of morphine. Using the medication over a long period of time and in high doses the user is at high risk of developing a tolerance and dependency. When dependent on Duramorph the user will experience painful withdrawal symptoms that can lead them back it its use once again.
Duramorph Addiction Treatment allows the user to safely be weened from the medication during the detoxification process. They may be prescribed an alternative opioid medication during this time that will ease any symptoms of withdrawal and allow the body to be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins associated with Duramorph use.
Upon completion of the detoxification process the user will then continue on through therapy and counseling in efforts to get to the root cause of the addiction, providing medical assistance to work through it. Behavioral modification therapy will help the user to identify the behaviors and routines associated with their Duramorph use and to change them to ones that will promote sober living.