What Is Oramorph?
Oramorph is a pain medication prescribed to patients who are experiencing severe, ongoing pain such as pain stemming from cancer. Oramorph effectively reduces pain by changing the way the brain and body respond to it.
Only patients who have taken high doses of opioid pain-relievers regularly should use high strength Oramorph with 100 milligrams per tablet or more. If someone who is not accustomed to using opioids takes Oramorph, they could risk overdosing or losing their life. Also, extended-release Oramorph should only be used for ongoing pain and not for mild or short-term pain.
Common side effects of using Oramorph, which do not require medical attention, are nausea, vomiting, constipation, sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. These should go away with time. If they persist or worsen, let your doctor know.
Serious side effects associated with Oramorph include mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, and signs of your adrenal glands not working well (e.g., loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss). If you experience any of these serious side effects, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
How Is Oramorph Used?
Oramorph should be taken on a regular schedule only as directed by your doctor. This medication can be taken with or without food, usually about every 8 to 12 hours. If you have nausea, you may want to take Oramorph with a meal.
Oramorph tablets should be swallowed whole and never broken, crushed, chewed, or dissolved. If the medication is tampered with in any way, all the Oramorph could be released at once, increasing your risk for overdose.
Remember, your Oramorph dose is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not adjust your Oramorph dose or treatment schedule without instruction from your doctor. Before you start using Oramorph, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your use of other opioid medications.
Oramorph patients who use the medication responsibly are still at risk of developing an Oramorph addiction or dependence. If you begin to think someone in your life has started abusing Oramorph, promptly seek professional help. Signs that may point to an Oramorph addiction include losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed and becoming obsessed with finding and taking Oramorph.
The Importance of Oramorph
When a patient develops a substance use disorder, there is always a risk of relapsing after initial treatment is completed. This is why it is important to look for an aftercare program that can support you with continued therapy. Participating in an aftercare program will help you continue living a happier, healthier, substance-free life.
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