Morphine Warnings and Precautions
Prior to starting a new medication, it is important to be aware of its warnings and precautions. With morphine, these precautions include understanding the danger of becoming addicted to the medication, the safety of taking the medicine when pregnant or breastfeeding, and potential drug interactions with the drug. Warnings and precautions also extend to people who have a head injury, Addison's disease, or liver disease.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Morphine?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking morphine if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol dependence
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Gallbladder or pancreas disease
- Lung disease of any sort
- A head injury or high intracranial pressure
- Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Addison's disease
- An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.