Oramorph is a pain-relieving medication prescribed to patients who are experiencing severe, ongoing pain, such as pain resulting from cancer. It is an opioid analgesic, which means it reduces pain by changing the way the brain and body interpret and respond to it. Extended-relief Oramorph should be used only to treat ongoing pain rather than mild pain or short-term pain, such as pain after surgery.
Only patients who are accustomed to taking moderate to large amounts of opioid pain-relievers should use high strength Oramorph with 100 milligrams or more per tablet. If you use high strength Oramorph and your body is not used to the medication, you could potentially overdose — even fatally. For this reason, you should never use Oramorph unless you have a prescription for it from your doctor.
As with any new medication, Oramorph can produce side effects during the early stages of treatment. Common Oramorph side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. These common side effects associated with Oramorph should go away as the body adjusts to the medication. If they do not go away, or if they become any worse, be sure to notify your doctor promptly.
Serious side effects of this medication, which should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible, 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).
This is not a complete list of all the potential side effects associated with Oramorph. If you believe you are experiencing a side effect of the medication not mentioned above, call your doctor.
Oramorph patients using the medication responsibly may still develop an Oramorph addiction or dependence. If you notice signs of Oramorph addiction in yourself or someone you know, seek help immediately. Signs that may point to Oramorph abuse are losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, becoming obsessed with finding and taking Oramorph, and performing poorly or abnormally at school or work.
Long-term effects of using Oramorph include rashes, difficulty urinating, fainting, blue tinge to the skin, and difficulty breathing. For this reason, do not take Oramorph unless you have a prescription.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Oramorph addiction or another type of substance use disorder, seek professional assistance as soon as possible. To learn more about the life-saving programs and resources offered through The Recovery Village, visit call our confidential, 24-hour hotline at 877-590-1263.
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