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Oramorph SR is used for the management of chronic pain for an extended period of time. This prescription narcotic medication is specifically designed to gradually release morphine. As a result, it is only necessary to take this medication two or three times a day. Oramorph SR is typically recommended when short-acting painkillers are no longer effective. There are currently no off-label Oramorph SR uses.

What Is Oramorph SR Used For?

Oramorph® SR (morphine sulfate ER) is an extended-release prescription medication approved to treat pain. It is a strong narcotic painkiller approved only for use when continuous, around-the-clock use of potent opioid medication is necessary for an extended period of time (more than a few days).
 
Oramorph SR is meant to be used consistently at scheduled times, every 8 or 12 hours, depending on your particular needs. It is not approved for unscheduled "as needed" use. This medication is often used to treat cancer pain or other types of chronic pain.
 
Long-acting morphine products, including Oramorph SR, are typically used to replace short-acting morphine or other short-acting painkillers. Often, people are started on regular, short-acting morphine. Once it becomes clear that long-term pain control is necessary, long-acting products are usually preferred.
 
Because Oramorph SR contains morphine, it can be used (or rather, abused) inappropriately (see Oramorph Abuse).
 

How Does Oramorph SR Work?

Oramorph SR tablets are specially designed to release morphine gradually over an extended period of time. As a result, instead of taking morphine many times a day, you can take Oramorph SR just two or three times a day.
 
Morphine is an opioid narcotic medication. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces several different effects. These effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Pain relief
  • Cough suppression
  • Drowsiness
  • Unusual, unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or unusual, pleasant feelings (euphoria)
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Physical dependence.
     
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