Mixing Alcohol And Morphabond Side Effects, Interactions And Blackouts

Morphabond ER is a long-acting extended-release morphine drug. Morphine is a potent opioid pain reliever. Since Morphabond is an extended-release formulation of morphine, it’s meant to provide ongoing, long-term pain relief for conditions such as cancer pain. Morphabond isn’t for short-term or acute pain. It’s something that patients are instructed to take at a certain time each day, and it builds up and reaches a steady state in their system after a few days. Morphabond ER has something called SentryBond Technology, included to lower the risk of misuse. With extended-release opioids, they are diverted from medical use and misused when people break or crush the tablets to snort or inject the drug. This allows for the person to receive the full, euphoric effects of the time-release opioid all at once. The idea with Morphabond’s SentryBond feature is that even if someone manipulates the tablets, Morphabond remains extended-release. However, despite this misuse-deterrent feature, Morphabond has a black box warning regarding the potential for misuse and addiction.

Morphine is a drug that activates opioid receptors throughout the individual’s body. In doing so, morphine can change the transmission of pain signals throughout the brain and body and is effective as a powerful pain medication. Unfortunately, morphine can create feelings of pleasure and euphoria, known as a high. This is why opioids like morphine are so frequently misused. When someone experiences a high from opioids, it’s due to a release of dopamine triggered when opioid receptors are activated. That dopamine response can be reinforced in the brain and can lead to addiction. When people are prescribed a medication like Morphabond, their physician is supposed to go over their history of substance misuse as well as any other substances they might regularly use. Anyone who’s prescribed a high dosage of Morphabond of 100 mg or more should already have an opioid tolerance to reduce the risk of overdose.

Along with the effects of opioids detailed above, such as pain relief and potential euphoria, opioids like morphine also slow the activity of the central nervous system. Morphine and other opioids slow breathing, heart rate and blood pressure as well as causing people to feel drowsy or even sedated. Alcohol has a similar effect in that it slows down the central nervous system. When someone mixes alcohol and Morphabond, side effects can include gastrointestinal discomfort and serious complications, such as nausea as well as extreme intoxication and drowsiness. Mixing alcohol and Morphabond can impair thinking and judgment. The combination can cause a person to put themselves or someone else in a dangerous situation and experience memory impairment and blackouts. Other symptoms of mixing alcohol and Morphabond can include changes in mood and behavior, hallucinations, dizziness, and panic or paranoia. It can be damaging to the liver and kidneys as well.

Even beyond these serious side effects, mixing alcohol and Morphabond makes it more likely someone will experience an opioid overdose. Alcohol increases the concentration of morphine in the system when the two are combined. Someone may experience profound respiratory depression to the point that they go into a coma, suffer brain damage or die. The risks of overdosing when using any opioid, particularly outside of prescribing instructions, is already very high. Mixing alcohol and Morphabond amplifies that risk significantly.

Unfortunately, despite the serious and often deadly risks of mixing alcohol and opioids like Morphabond, it’s not necessarily an uncommon scenario. People who misuse prescription or illicit drugs often have multiple addictions. The physical, mental and lifestyle effects can be so much more harmful when multiple substances are misused at the same time, but there are treatment options available. Anyone who’s regularly mixing alcohol and Morphabond or any opioid should seek addiction treatment that can address multiple substance dependencies and addictions.

Rather than coming to a point where it’s too late, steps can be taken now toward addiction treatment. The Recovery Village can show you how, so contact us today.

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