Morphine Withdrawal

Morphine Withdrawal

Morphine is a prescription painkiller with a high risk of addiction. When someone develops a dependence on this opiate medication, they will begin to experience symptoms of morphine withdrawal if they stop taking it. This happens when the body struggles to compensate for the opiate chemicals that it has come to rely on. The symptoms of morphine withdrawal can be intense and may cause the individual to relapse. These may include:

  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Increased blood pressure

The duration of withdrawal from morphine will vary from person to person depending on how long they have been addicted and how much morphine they have been using. The physical symptoms usually last three to five days, but psychological symptoms of withdrawal can last much longer. Anxiety, mood swings, and cravings will occur in the first six to 14 hours after usage stops, and the physical symptoms begin and peak in the next 15 to 48 hours. The psychological symptoms will persist into the following weeks and months.

Safe Withdrawal From Morphine

Generally, withdrawal symptoms are much less severe when a person tapers off of the medication under medical supervision. Other medications, like naltrexone and buprenorphine, can help alleviate morphine withdrawal symptoms. When experiencing withdrawal in a rehab, the physical withdrawal process is more comfortable and there is support and treatment available for the psychological symptoms. A rehab offers the strongest chance at long-lasting addiction recovery. Most importantly, a person with a morphine addiction should receive addiction counseling as soon as possible to avoid the risk of overdose. The longer a person is addicted, the greater the odds of an overdose become, and an overdose of morphine can be fatal. Early intervention can save a life.

Find Morphine Addiction Treatment

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