For the better part of 200 years, morphine has played a pivotal role in the field of medicine. Ever since its discovery as a naturally occurring product of opium plants, the drug has single-handedly changed the face of pain management. Its effectiveness and abundance have given rise to opioids.

Today, the United States is faced with an epidemic of over-prescribed opioids, along with opioid misuse, overdoses, and substance use disorders. Though morphine is not as notorious as other opioids like fentanyl or heroin, it is just as deadly. Out of curiosity, people may wonder just how long 30-mg of morphine (the amount used to treat severe pain) stays in their system.

Morphine 30 mg

In its intended form and usage, morphine can be a safe choice for those suffering from immense pain. The medication comes in different forms, including pills, patches, IV drips and more. Many patients will find themselves on a 30-mg regimen at the onset of their treatment.

Morphine 30-mg Pill | How Long Does 30-mg Morphine Stay in Your System?
A 30-mg morphine pill is one of five main formulations of the drug. It is identifiable by its circular shape and purple or red hue. The drug may also be prescribed at dosages of 15 mg, 60 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg if a patient’s pain threshold necessitates it. Still, 200 milligrams of any drug, let alone an opioid like morphine, can have serious repercussions. This massive dose amount is never recommended for anyone other than those with a longstanding relationship with opioids — individuals who have been taking strong pills for a significant time period prior.

Once ingested, morphine goes to work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. This is how the drug quells pain, right at the chemical source. Such a process can take minutes or hours depending on the type of morphine and the means in which it was administered. Many morphine pills, including the 30-mg variety, actually come in the form of morphine sulfate. Sulfates make the morphine easier to absorb, meaning the body gets the medicine faster.

The use of all opioids, medically or recreationally, can lead to uncomfortable side effects. Side effects of morphine usually include:

  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Uncoordinated movement

More severe side effects include:

  • Chest pain
  • Deadly respiratory depression
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Overdose symptoms

Overdose symptoms are particularly important to look out for. An individual without a tolerance to morphine can begin to exhibit the characteristics of an overdose after taking only 60 mg or less. Everyone’s drug tolerance is different though so it’s best to pay attention to symptoms at any point while taking morphine. Breathing problems, tiny pupils and unconsciousness are telltale signs of a dangerous overdose. The anti-overdose drug naloxone may be required whenever symptoms arise, and medical assistance is crucial.  

Those using morphine recreationally may attempt to consume 30-mg morphine to achieve an opioid high. Morphine is said to have an extremely sedative feeling compared to other painkilling drugs like oxycodone. Misusing opioids can result in an overdose and death. In addition to the number of pills used, the means of ingestion is equally hazardous. Pulverizing morphine pills into a fine powder for snorting or injecting amplifies the danger.
Kadian, Avinza, and MS Contin are all common brand names for extended-release pills of 30-mg morphine. Extended-release (ER) refers to the length of which the drug percolates within the system. When an individual crushes morphine, it is with the intent of bypassing the pill’s extended-release mechanism.

If used correctly, the pain-relieving compounds release at a slow, steady pace, letting the effects last all day. Using 30-mg morphine in any other way than simply swallowing a full pill negates this effect.

Morphine comes in an instant-release (IR) types, too. With IR pills, the opioid compound in the pill binds to the receptors within mere minutes. This effectiveness also correlates to a shorter duration. Additional tablets may be required over the span of a 24-hour interval depending on the patient. Each pill is aesthetically different than their extended-release counterparts as well. IR pills replace the red pigmentation with a plain, white color with the numbers 54 and 262 imprinted on the pill’s face.
The half-life of morphine is anywhere between 1.5 to 7 hours depending on the mode of use. Injections and instant-release pills last only a few hours while extended-release pills extend those numbers significantly. As far as drug tests are concerned, morphine may linger in the body for up to four days after its final dose.

If you or someone you love is in need of medically assisted detox for morphine addiction, The Recovery Village can help. With locations across the country, we can provide you with fully customizable programs to help you get on the path to healing. Don’t let a morphine addiction dictate your future. Call  855.385.6630 today to find out more about The Recovery Village and our treatment programs.

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