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Abuse Potential

Morphine has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. In fact, it is classified as a controlled substance, meaning that there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication. Because morphine can be a desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy morphine through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. It is readily available and relatively inexpensive (at least in generic form), making it a popular drug of abuse.
 
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When and How to Take Morphine

Some general considerations include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in tablet, capsule, liquid, or injection form. The particular directions for each product can vary substantially, so make sure to refer to the information for your specific morphine medication.
     
  • When taking morphine by mouth, it is probably best to take it with food, as it can be upsetting to the stomach.
     
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking it, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Morphine Withdrawal).
     
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