Oramorph – FAQ

Oramorph is an opioid analgesic that is prescribed for patients suffering from moderate to severe pain that needs to be treated for more than a few days. The main component of this drug is morphine, a potentially habit-forming or abused narcotic drug. It is available in both immediate and extended-release forms. When taken by any means other than that which was prescribed, an individual is at risk of overdosing on it. Oramorph has a depressant effect that plays a role in affecting the electrical activity in a user’s brain. The alteration of electrical activity can lead to symptoms such as pinpoint pupils, stupor, hypothermia, hypotension, respiratory depression, and hypoxia that often mean the individual then requires immediate medical attention. Untreated, hypoxia can lead to multi-system organ failure, brain damage, and even death.

Since Oramorph is an opioid, there is then a greater chance of this drug being abused and an addiction forming. Either can occur even after only a few uses of this drug. For somebody who attempts to discontinue use suddenly, a series of withdrawal effects may kick in. These can include trouble sleeping, chills, sweating, body aches, runny nose, stomach cramps, irritability, restlessness, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and more. It is advised that use of Oramorph be decreased slowly and under the care of a medical professional to help alleviate and better manage these symptoms.

If you or somebody you know has become addicted to using Oramorph or is reluctant to stop misusing it, we can provide help to break this cycle. To learn more, check out our frequently asked questions or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about treatment options.