Mixing Morphine Sulfate with Alcohol

Mixing morphine sulfate with alcohol and other central nervous system depressants can induce a dangerously low respiratory rate and increase the chance of overdose. This risk is highest when morphine sulfate is mixed with other prescription opiates such as hydrocodone or oxycodone.

Medical professionals are advised to exercise caution when prescribing morphine sulfate due to its high rate of addiction. The propensity for morphine sulfate addiction varies significantly between individuals. Extended-release tablets contain higher quantities of the drug. Patients can bypass the release timeline by crushing the tablet. This intensifies the high and increases the likelihood of overdose.

Common side effects of morphine sulfate use include vomiting, cramps, constipation, and drowsiness. Constipation is caused by morphine sulfate’s effects on the intestinal tract. Morphine sulfate inhibits gastric emptying by reducing the activity of the smooth muscles in the small intestine. Up to 90% of people who use the drug long-term experience hormonal imbalances that lead to the increased likelihood of osteoporosis and bone fracture.

Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience blurred vision, stomach pain, numbness or tingling, cough, chest pain or discomfort, dizziness, fainting, headache, decreased urination, loss of appetite, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and increased sweating.

Morphine sulfate is a pain reliever and opioid agonist. It relieves pain by binding to and activating opioid receptor sites in the brain. Activated opioid receptor sites can trigger sedation, analgesia, euphoria, respiratory depression, and physical dependence.

Morphine sulfate acts on the central nervous system and decreases the feeling of pain. It’s frequently used to treat acute pain following surgery or trauma. Morphine sulfate is frequently used following a heart attack and during labor as well.

Doctors also prescribe morphine sulfate in the form of extended-release tablets for the treatment of chronic pain.

The onset of action of morphine sulfate varies depending on the route of administration. Morphine sulfate can be injected intravenously into the spinal cord, as an intramuscular injection, or taken orally by mouth. When taken as a pill, morphine’s effects peak at around 60 minutes. When injected into the spine, effects peak after 20 minutes. The drug’s effects can last for anywhere from three to seven hours. Extended-release tablets can provide relief for up to 12 hours per dose.

Combining alcohol with morphine sulfate can cause irregular heart rate, fluctuations in blood pressure, dehydration, seizures due to dramatic changes in blood sugar, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, inability to concentrate, fainting, and loss of coordination. More serious side effects can also occur, including respiratory distress, coma, and death. Mixing alcohol with morphine sulfate significantly impairs decision making and increases the likelihood of blackouts.
Morphine sulfate is a powerful opiate drug. The main risk factor associated with morphine sulfate is severe respiratory depression. Individuals can go into respiratory-induced cardiac arrest if they take too much morphine or mix it with central nervous system depressants like alcohol. Mixing alcohol with morphine sulfate also increase the likelihood of blackouts.

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