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Morphine is a classic painkiller that has been used for decades to offer remedy for people in great pain. It is available in liquid or pill form and despite its success as a painkiller; it is also one of the mostly abused opiates in the present times. Abuse of the drug includes using it when not prescribed by a doctor, taking more than indicated in the prescription or using it for a long period of time. Just like the other opiates, morphine has a number of side effects when abused.


Signs and symptoms of abuse

It is usually very easy to detect if a person is addicted or are abusing the substance. This is due to the fact that several studies have been conducted and there is also much awareness on the effects as an attempt to try and discourage people from abusing the substance. The following are some of the most pronounces signs that someone might have taken morphine in large doses-:

  • Feeling dizzy or feeling like fainting for a long time

  • The patients might experience shallow breathing with very slow and short movements in the diaphragm region

  • Low blood pressure especially if the person is on other medications

  • The patients may have constricted pupils

  • Cardiac and respiratory arrests in cases of excessive usage

  • Circulatory collapse

  • Comatose


Recognizing morphine addiction

Other than the symptoms and signs of abuse, it is possible to tell when someone is already hooked up into using morphine. For instance, morphine users are likely to develop higher tolerance to the drug implying that they will always take it in large doses in order for it to have an effect on them.

Secondly, users are likely to experience a change in behavior when the dependency leads them to adopt conditions such as anxiety, paranoia and depression. Addicts are also likely to be faced with a number of withdrawal syndromes that will make it difficult for them to part ways with morphine even if it was administered under a doctor’s instructions.

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