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Oramorph Warnings and Precautions

Specific Oramorph Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Oramorph SR include the following:
 
  • Oramorph SR is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. It is a long-acting version of morphine. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Oramorph Abuse). Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Oramorph SR, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
     
  • The tablets are designed to release morphine slowly over time. Do not dissolve, chew, or crush the tablets, as this could cause an Oramorph overdose.
     
  • The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intercranial pressure. Oramorph SR should only be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
     
  • This medication can cause slow and irregular breathing, especially at high doses. In severe situations, this may cause life-threatening complications. This problem may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
     
  • Oramorph SR can cause a decrease in blood pressure, which can be especially dangerous if you already have low blood pressure or are prone to low blood pressure. Let your healthcare provider know if you experience any signs of low blood pressure, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
     
  • Narcotics, such as Oramorph SR, are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to Oramorph SR (see Oramorph and Constipation). Let your healthcare provider know if you develop severe constipation, as this could be a sign of an intestinal blockage.
     
  • This medication can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
     
  • Like any other narcotic, Oramorph SR can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
     
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Oramorph SR will affect you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
     
  • Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, epilepsy, gallbladder problems, pancreatic disease, or kidney disease, as Oramorph SR may not be the best choice for you.
     
  • Oramorph SR can potentially interact with several other medications (see Oramorph Drug Interactions).
     
  • Oramorph SR is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Oramorph and Pregnancy).
     
  • Oramorph SR does pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Oramorph and Breastfeeding).
     
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