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As a narcotic pain medication, Oramorph SR (morphine sulfate ER) has the potential for abuse. Oramorph SR can also cause life-threatening complications if too much is taken. Taking high doses of Oramorph SR can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. However, Oramorph SR abuse should not be confused with physical dependence, which will occur even with legitimate use of the drug.

Abusing Oramorph: An Overview

Oramorph® SR (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription narcotic pain medication. It contains a long-acting form of morphine and is a highly desired drug of abuse. Oramorph SR abuse can be extremely dangerous, perhaps even more so than with other narcotics.

Consequences of Oramorph Abuse

The physical consequences of abusing Oramorph SR can be lethal. Taking high doses of a narcotic, especially if you are not accustomed to it, can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. The risk of an overdose is especially high with Oramorph SR, as many common methods of drug abuse cause the long-acting tablets to release too much morphine too quickly. The tablets will release too much medication if they are crushed, chewed, snorted, dissolved, or injected. This could easily lead to a lethal overdose.
The emotional and social consequences of Oramorph SR abuse can be equally devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short period of time.

Oramorph Abuse Versus Dependence

As a narcotic, Oramorph SR leads to physical dependence. However, physical dependence is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response to chronic use of the narcotic. The body becomes accustomed to physical changes that Oramorph SR causes, and stopping the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms. This is not necessarily a sign of abuse.
Also, the body becomes "tolerant" to the effects of Oramorph SR, and more of the medication is needed to produce the same pain-relieving effects. Again, this is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response. People who have been on narcotics for a long period of time can take enormous doses that would lead to death in a first-time user.
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