Duramorph is an opiate narcotic pain reliever. The drug is used to treat severe pain by acting on the central nervous system (brain) to give pain relief. Depending on the specific drug it is injected into a vein, into a muscle, or under the skin. It is a type of morphine. Duramorph is preservative-free, sterile, non-pyrogenic isobaric solution of morphine sulfate and sodium chloride. Opiates are powerful pain relievers that can be found in a plethora of medications. Opiates are powerful drugs that can be dangerous. Prescription pain killers are one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. They have caused more injuries and fatalities than other drugs. They are especially dangerous when they are mixed with other drugs in multi-drug use and experimentation. Prescription pain killers should only be used as a last resort option. Individuals should exhaust any and all natural options/remedies for their ailments.

How Duramorph is Used

This is an incredibly strong opiate pain killer and should only be administered by a licensed professional. The drug can be administered by injection into the area around or into the fluid-filled space of the spinal cord. It is first given in a hospital, where the patient can be monitored closely. If the use of the drug must be continued then it is usually given as a continuous injection using an infusion pump that is placed under the skin. The dosage of the medication is given based on medical condition and response to the treatment. When it is used on young children, the dose will be measured according to weight. It is essential to health that the dose not be taken irregularly or increased at all. Opiate pain killers are powerful, have a high risk for tolerance and dependency. The use of this medication is most effective when administered at the first signs of pain. If this, or other pain medications, is used after the pain worsens, then it is less effective. Duramorph is normally used as an epidural anesthetic for pregnant women or as an intravenous painkiller for adults recovering from surgery. It is normally prescribed after less potent sedatives fail.

Effects of Duramorph

Duramorph should be used cautiously with the guidance of a physician because it is a very powerful opiate narcotic. Many individuals can experience nausea along with other discomforts while using this drug. Long term or high dosage use of this drug is not recommended because of the danger of dependency. Sudden reduction or stoppage of using this drug can cause withdrawal symptoms. Dependency and addiction are common effects of long term opiate prescription pain killer or irresponsible use. Withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to: restlessness, watery eyes, widened pupils, sweating, and runny nose. In order to prevent these or other withdrawal symptoms it is important to speak with your physician about weaning off the drug. Other side effects of this drug include: nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, increased sweating, or dry mouth. When the drug is administered intravenously there can be pain, redness or swelling at the injection site.

Duramorph Dependence and Addiction

If Duramorph, like other types of prescription pain killers, is used over a long period of time the body can become accustomed to the drug. The body develops a tolerance to the medication, which means that the chemicals in the medication are not as efficient in treating that body. At this point the regular drug use does not treat the pain well enough. Sustained use of the drug can cause mental and physical dependence. A person can get to a point where they only feel ‘normal’ when they are on the drug. When they stop using the drug, by choice or involuntarily, they can feel sick. Duramorph addiction is characterized similarly to other opiate pain killers. Addictive behaviors include: loss of interest in normal activities, desire to take the drug becomes an obsession, consistently changing doctors, refusing to take drug tests, losing medications, stealing from others, financial problems, legal troubles, using the drug for the euphoria effects instead of pain relief, social problems, and using the drug in dangerous situations.

This drug can cause dependency and addiction if it is used recreationally. On the street it is known as: M, monkey, Miss Emma, and the white stuff. The drug can also be transformed by turning the morphine in the drug into heroin. According to the National Institutes of Health, 16 million Americans between 2008 and 2009 had taken a prescription drug recreationally. Self-medicating is the action of consuming prescription drugs to treat yourself without the guidance of a licensed professional. Many people attempt to self-medicate in attempts cure their issues. Many individuals who self-medicate or abuse prescription drugs do so with a co-occurring issue. Treating both addiction and a co-occurring issue is called dual diagnosis. This treatment addresses the issue of substance abuse, as well as a co-occurring mental illness. Using prescription drugs to treat a mental illness is very dangerous; mental illnesses can also be caused by substance abuse. Individuals dealing with depression, anxiety or elevated levels of stress should speak with a professional before using drugs like Duramorph.

Addiction to opioids can be caused by various reasons, like other drug addictions genetics, brain chemistry, environment, and psychological factors all play a role. Research has shown that individuals who have a family history of addiction to opioids are more likely to develop an addiction to drugs like Duramorph. Some people are born with deficiencies in the reward center of the brain that causes them to feel decreased sensations of pleasure or euphoria. In these cases, they rely on the drug to achieve the sensations that are not naturally created. Those that grow up in a home where substance abuse is present are much more likely to develop an addiction to drugs; and/or alcohol. A common cause for Duramorph (and other substance) abuses are psychological problems; most go undiagnosed. Individuals suffering from untreated anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders are much more likely to develop addictions to drugs like Duramorph. Those suffering from mental illnesses are more likely to self-medicate their issues with opioids, which can easily develop into addiction.

Getting Help

Prescription opiate abuse is a major issue in this nation. Drug abuse has continued to effect younger and younger individuals. Prescription drugs are commonly abused for the simple fact that they are easy to obtain. Most people who abuse these drugs get their drugs from their own medicine cabinets, friends or other family members. Getting help from an opiate addiction can be much more difficult. Anyone abusing or knows someone abusing prescription drugs should seek professional help immediately. The longer a drug addiction is allowed to continue the worse it can get. There are various hotlines and treatment centers that can provide an addict or their friends and family with all the information they need to overcome addiction. The more educated on addiction that you are the better equipped you are to handle addiction. When choosing a treatment center the addict and their families should seek a center that focuses on dual-diagnosis treatment. In-patient care facilities have been proven to be the best in creating long term sobriety. Addiction treatment is a long and arduous process that starts with a single conversation.