Morphabond (Morphine Sulfate) Addiction And Abuse
Morphabond is an extended-release oral tablet, classified as an opioid agonist. Opioids are drugs also referred to as narcotics, prescribed to treat pain. Morphabond is used to treat severe and ongoing pain due to causes like cancer. The generic, active ingredient in Morphabond is morphine, which binds to opioid receptors throughout the brain and body. As a result of morphine activating opioid receptors, the body changes how it feels and responds to pain. Since Morphabond is an extended-release version of morphine, it’s taken daily, and it gradually releases the medicine into the system of the individual over a period of time. Morphabond is not an as-needed pain medication but is instead a long-term, around-the-clock pain treatment. Morphabond has bioequivalence to MS Contin regarding the morphine. However, Morphabond has misuse-deterrent properties, which makes it unique from many other opioids. Morphabond can be prescribed in varying dosages, and the higher-level dosages of 100 mg or more are supposed to only be used by people who are already opioid-tolerant.
When someone is prescribed Morphabond, they are usually directed to take it on a regular schedule and not for sudden breakthrough pain. Most doctors will instruct patients to take the extended-release morphine medication every eight or 12 hours and, most commonly, ever 12 hours. When someone is prescribed Morphabond, they should use it exactly as prescribed. Morphabond shouldn’t be broken, crushed, chewed or dissolved. To use Morphabond in any way other than what’s prescribed can lead to a morphine overdose. Some of the common side effects of Morphabond can include nausea, vomiting, constipation, sweating, dizziness and drowsiness.
Morphabond ER comes in tablet form. The tablets are small and round and are printed with the dosages on them. They vary in colors depending on the dosage. A 15 mg dose of Morphabond is blue and printed with IDT M15. A 30 mg dose is purple and printed with IDT M30. A 60 mg dose of Morphabond is orange, and a 100 mg dose of the drug is gray.
Morphabond is addictive because morphine is an opioid. Morphine and other opioids are drugs that have a powerful effect on the brain and body of individuals. When they bind to opioid receptors, in addition to changing how pain signals are sent, they can also trigger a flood of dopamine. That artificial rush of dopamine feels like a euphoric high to some people. That euphoria can then trigger a reward and reinforcement response. If someone’s brain is exposed to Morphabond multiple times, they may develop an addiction. When a person is addicted to Morphabond, their use of the drug is no longer under their control and is instead compulsive. Morphabond includes a black box warning about the potential it creates for opioid misuse and addiction as well as overdose or death. With extended-release drugs, there can actually be a higher risk of misuse and overdose than with immediate-release opioids. People who misuse opioids may crush or break an extended-release drug like Morphabond to get all of the effects of the drug at once. Morphabond is designed to protect against this and be difficult to tamper with, but the risk still exists.
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