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The withdrawal symptoms associated with morphine and other opioids can make it difficult to work on recovery. While morphine withdrawal symptoms do not cause immediate harm, they create severe discomfort. Learn more about morphine withdrawal and how to manage your symptoms below.
Opioids like morphine change the way that the brain handles pain and stress. This phenomenon can make opioids effective painkillers under supervision, but it can also lead to dependence. Morphine can become so addictive because:
Addiction professionals consider opioid use disorder a disease because it changes the brain’s fundamental functions. With the right care and treatment, a person with a morphine addiction can work toward recovery.
Discontinuing morphine use after building a dependence can trigger unpleasant effects. Withdrawal from morphine can cause symptoms such as:
You may also experience symptoms in the later phases of withdrawal that include:
Most people don’t develop morphine withdrawal symptoms unless they stop taking it after weeks on the drug. If you experience the above problems after discontinuing morphine, ask a medical professional for help.
Morphine withdrawal does not cause immediate harm for most people. Symptoms such as muscle aches and a runny nose can feel uncomfortable, but they don’t put the patient in danger. However, certain symptoms can lead to dangerous or even lethal complications. For example, vomiting can lead to pneumonia when someone inhales the vomit. Diarrhea and vomiting can both cause dehydration when the patient doesn’t pay attention to staying hydrated.
If you experience withdrawal when you stop taking morphine, you could have an opioid dependence or addiction. An opioid use disorder treatment center can provide care that reduces your withdrawal symptoms. During medication-assisted treatment (MAT), you take medicine that satisfies your brain’s need for opioids with a doctor’s supervision.
HCRC specializes in providing MAT to New England patients. Our clinic staff provides care in a compassionate, judgment-free environment free from stigma. We encourage anyone looking for help to contact our team online or call us at 866-758-7769.
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