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Morphine is a natural opioid that is found in the opium poppy and is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.  The natural state of the morphine once had medical practitioners believing that the drug was not addictive but it was later found that morphine, like other narcotics, was a highly addictive substance with wide potential for abuse.  Today, the drug is a class II narcotic that is very heavily monitored by the DEA to help reduce cases of morphine abuse.

Side Effects of Morphine

According to the US National Library of Medicine, various side effects can develop with morphine use and in some cases, the effects may be moderate to severe. In the event that you suffer from severe side effects such as an inability to breath, extreme nausea or vomiting or other similar reactions to morphine you should consult emergency medical care immediately as there is a risk of narcotics overdose or you may be having an allergic reaction to the drug.

The most common side effects of morphine are:


Dizziness and nausea are common morphine side effects.

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or lack of coordination
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Dry mouth, sweating and dehydration
  • Mood swings, agitation and anxiety
  • Confusion and weakness

Many other side effects may occur. If you are prescribed morphine and notice that the side effects of taking the drug are bothersome, contact your doctor or a healthcare practitioner for additional assistance. In many cases, there are other medications which can be prescribed to help.

Brand Names

Morphine is marketed under that exact name: Morphine.  Other names that may be used and brands that market morphine or drugs that contain formulations that include morphine include:

  • Avinza
  • Kadian
  • MS Contin
  • Roxanol T or just Roxanol

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Morphine Street Names

Most of the time morphine is described as morph, phene or baby reds on the street. Various other street names may be used to describe the drug such as:

  • Red rockets
  • Misties
  • Greys
  • M
  • Miss Emma

These names mostly describe MS Contin but can be used to describe the liquid forms of morphine as well.


Continued use of morphine, extending beyond just a couple of days, can lead to addiction. Using morphine for reasons other than prescribed or using more morphine than is prescribed can lead to tolerance and will often lead to addiction.  Morphine addiction occurs when an individual develops a physical or psychological dependence on morphine that requires them to use the drug in order to “feel” good or to otherwise cope with day-to-day routines.

Is Morphine Addiction Treatment My Next Step?


Overcoming morphine addiction can be a long and difficult journey but there is help available. Morphine addiction treatment, like other forms of narcotic addiction treatment, usually consists of at least 90 days of rehabilitation.  Treatment programs differ in scope and level of care provided but most all focus on a similar set of provisions to help patients recovery from narcotics addiction which include:

  • Counseling in an independent and group setting
  • Therapy such as behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy
  • Detox and medical intervention
  • Aftercare

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47,300* People Addicted
23,100* Getting Help
8,209* Deaths
*Statistic from 2015

Combined, these methods of treatment work to help patients learn how to avoid future morphine use, cope with pain, deal with their addiction and make a clean break for sobriety.

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the Take-Away

Rapid-release morphine is a narcotic that is used for immediate pain relief. When misused, it can cause dependence and addiction.