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Morphine overdose: How much amount of morphine to OD?

The signs, prognosis and recommended treatment for morphine overdoses have been well documented. However, morphine has a wide range of uses in medicine, for treating moderate to severe pain in both acute and chronic pain. Available in several forms, morphine is also administered in many ways.  More on morphine here, with a section for you to post your questions at the end.

How does unintentional morphine overdose happen?

Morphine is an opiate analgesic drug used to treat severe pain. Isolated from the seedpod of the poppy plant, morphine is a schedule II controlled substance and is available in a variety of prescription forms. Morphine has a short half-life of 1.5 – 7 hours which doesn’t make it less dangerous compared to other drugs. So how does unintentional overdose occur?

When taken other than prescribed, or to get high…you increase chances of OD-ing on morphine. Additionally, when you take morphine with other narcotic pain medications, antidepressants, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or mix morphine with alcohol, the combined effects of concurrent drug use can slow down breathing or heart rate. (How long does morphine stay in the blood or urine?)However, the most common cases of morphine overdose occur when morphine is abused, pills are crushed and injected, people with an increased tolerance to morphine increase doses for euphoric effect.

Morphine overdose – How much is too much?

One of the common mistakes when it comes to morphine dosage is when solutions are administered, and milligrams and/or milliliters are confused. As with other drugs, prescribed doses of morphine should be respectively administered and doctor’s recommendations ALWAYS followed. Doses of morphine over 200 mg are considered to be lethal to average person, meaning an opioid-naive person. However, in cases with hypersensitivity, even 60 mg morphine doses can cause permanent impairment, coma, or even death. In case of drug dependence, long term use, or increased levels of high tolerance for opiates, up to 3 grams of morphine per day can be tolerated.

Morphine overdose complications

Morphine overdose is a condition of intoxication by a certain drug, a point at which neither the body nor the brain functions normally. Signs of overdose by morphine may appear to be regular effects of the drug, but can manifest into something more serious quite quickly.  Furthermore, when abused and combined with alcohol, morphine’s effects are increased and intensified. Here is a list of the most common signs of overdose with morphine:

  • clammy skin
  • cold skin
  • coma
  • convulsions
  • pinpoint pupils
  • extreme somnolence (sleepiness)
  • reduced blood pressure
  • severe respiratory depression
  • slow and shallow breathing
  • stupor
  • vomiting

Morphine overdose prognosis

Morphine overdose requires emergency measures to reverse the effects of morphine overdose in the body. There are several direct approaches, such as the use of of activated charcoal for those who have ingested large amounts of morphine. Morphine overdose treatment also includes the administration of naloxone. However, emergency actions need to be taken only when recommended by a doctor or physician. Overdose effects from a morphine OD may last up to 2 weeks during which period users are sharing symptoms such as hair falling out, swollen tongue, back spasms, pain in the ribs area and limited extremities movement.

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Morphine overdose death rate

Opioid analgesics are involved in over 40% of drug overdose deaths in USA per year. This numbers includes OD cases for morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. However, statistics can vary due to various reasons. One of them is the fact that morphine is a metabolite of heroin, so in fatalities is hard to say whether morphine may have been a metabolite to heroin. One of the main causes for morphine death is pulmonary edema, during which the lungs fill up with fluid passed from the bloodstream through the alveoli in the lungs.

Morphine overdose amount questions

Do you still have questions about morphine overdose?  In case you have any further questions about overdose with morphine, here is your chance to get your answer. Please post your question or share your personal morphine overdose experience in the comments section bellow. We will make sure to provide you with a personal answer as soon as possible.

Reference Sources: National Highway and Traffic Safety Agency/Morphine
US Department of Health and Services/Safety Alerts
Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Opioid Overdose
Erowid/Effects of a non-fatal overdose

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208 Responses to “Morphine overdose: How much amount of morphine to OD?
MS
1:08 pm August 13th, 2014

Want to know if it’s possible for someone to be “on the verge” of overdose to Morphine and Oxycodone? In other words…after reading the signs/symptoms of overdose for these two drugs, I noticed several of them in a friend who takes BOTH and yet he did not have an OD. Cold and clammy skin, extreme sleepiness for like 2 days kept napping several times/day, vomited, temps at 99.6 and would spike to 102.6 then go back down, sweating, he was just in the hospital for what they thought might be a seizure (unexplained seizures since having a grand mal one a few years ago) and he was also registering a very low resting heart rate while sleeping at night (just under 50bpm) I’m trying to tell him that I think maybe the levels he’s on are too high, even for him at this point. He has chronic pain from two shoulder injuries–one very bad and degenerative discs, RA and so takes it for these things. He has several other medical conditions like Keppra for the seizures, so a lot going on. He takes Oxy IR 20 mg every 6 hrs (so 180 mg/day) AND the morphine (MS Contin) 60 mg, either 2 or 4 tabs per day I can’t remember…so it’s either 120 mg or 240 mg total of morphine each day ON TOP OF the Oxycodone. I’m going to talk to him again and forward the links to the pages to him. I’m just scared and don’t know what to do–can’t stand the thought of anything happening to him. Please offer some help and advice on what you would do. Thanks so much.

Va
1:48 am January 28th, 2015

My 23 year old son died of a morphine overdose. He apparently took it the night before to get high and didnt wake up the next morning. I never thought anything like this could happen in this family but it has and my heart is forever broken. Please take care when you are taking things you aren’t used to. it may unknowingly be the last thing you ever do.

10:55 am January 29th, 2015

I’m very sorry for your loss, Va. And thank you for sharing your story, I’m sure someone else will read your post and maybe a life will be saved…

Nicky
7:42 am February 12th, 2015

My 73 year old mom who was on oxycodone for pain relief recently passed very unexpectedly . We have just got the death certificate which said mixed toxicity . I am interpreting that as an overdose ? Her oxycodone reading was 3.5 normal between (0.02 – 0.1) . I am reading this as a deliberate suicide? Is there any other possible explanation for this? Many thanks

12:41 pm February 12th, 2015

Hello Nicky. I am sorry for your loss. I’d suggest that you call a 3rd party laboratory and ask to speak with either a Medical Review Officer or a toxicologist to intepret the findings. Or, speak with your country coroner; you need an expert opinion about the cause of death.

Terry
2:25 am February 28th, 2015

I have been taking morphine 15 mg SA and 15 mg IR for extreme chronic pain. It allows me to remain in the work force (desk job) and provide for my family. I have a teenage stepdaughter living at home and am afraid of what might happen if she tried my morphine without my permission. I keep it under strict lock and key. BUT, what would be a lethal dose of this medication in an 18 year old found and took this medication? Better to know and be prepared and not need than need and not be prepared. Trying to be a responsible step-parent. Thank you.

12:49 am March 12th, 2015

Hello Terry. It’s best to keep your medication safely out of reach. This way you won’t have reasons to be thinking about lethal doses and if your stepdaughter might get herself in trouble. What makes you think she’d abuse it?

sue
9:37 am March 13th, 2015

my 22 beloved son overdosed and passed 718/14. he had ingested 260 ng/nl and 500 ng/nl states the toxoligy report is tthat way over the amount someone would take for pain. what is death like for someone who dies this way did he suffer
dan’s mom sue

8:36 am March 26th, 2015

Hello Sue. I am so sorry for your loss. Morphine overdose occurs as breathing and heart rate slow; I’ve read some people describe an overdose experience as similar to falling asleep. Because morphine triggers euphoric effect, the experience would also not likely be painful. I’d suggest that you talk openly with a pharmacist or toxicologist about it. I wish you peace on your journey.

Bruce
1:12 am April 10th, 2015

I used to take 900 milligrams of morphine a day. why didn’t I overdose

6:29 pm April 11th, 2015

Hi Bruce. If you were taking morphine for a long period of time before reaching the 900mg dosage, it was your own organism building up tolerance that saved you. However, if an opioid naive person were to take anywhere near that amount they can face dangerous and fatal outcomes. Plus, everyone’s general health state and genetic makeup are different, so even people with a high tolerance to opioids have not shared the same luck as you. Have you tapered doses down since then?

Tria
7:15 pm April 20th, 2015

Hi there… I’m on 100ml/200mg Oramorph daily, sometimes more, as I have severe Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and multiple joint dislocations daily. My opiate tolerance has been built up over years, but EDS also has an issue whereby painkillers, sedatives and anaesthetics wear off about twice as quickly as for someone without that condition. My government are introducing new drug driving laws, so I’m wondering – how much morphine might be measured in my blood on an average day at the dose I take? It’s 15ml/30mg up to every 2 hours, but as I say, I average 6-7 doses that strength per day. I’d really appreciate knowing – thanks!

I also worry about my younger sister; she’s been on tramadol for several years now for the same condition, and is occasionally given a 100ml bottle of Oramorph the same strength I take to help control her breakthrough pain. However, she suffers from chronic depression and has borderline personality disorder, and has periods where she struggles with suicidal ideation. If she were to neck all of one of her bottles on one of those whims, it wouldn’t kill her, would it, since she’s not opiate-naïve (AFAIK not taking anything that combines badly with it)? I know how much pain she’s in, and I have bipolar disorder myself, so I know the temptation to just do anything to make the pain (mental or physical) stop – so I just want to be sure she’d be all right.

A third – you’ve heard about my morphine use. I get a weekly prescription, and am usually running low by Sunday night. I’ve started to notice I get an upset stomach around about then and on into the early hours of Monday, though I’ve never had any other withdrawal symptoms (oddly enough!). Is that caused by not being able to take it “as needed” as often as my instructions would usually allow? Or might it be something else? Thanks.

Lukeye
2:53 am April 28th, 2015

I am prescribed the butrans patch. I recently was put on 60mg sr morphs 2-3 a day. I’m worried about the combo. I’ve taken 3 today and feel really messed up. Have a horrible headache too. Any input would be appreciated.

11:24 am April 28th, 2015

Hi Lukeye. I’d suggest you see your doctor or talk to the pharmacist at your local pharmacy. Such side effects shouldn’t be ignored or left untreated.

Cynthia
12:39 am April 29th, 2015

Sad and lonely
My boyfriend of nearly 3 yrs Died last August from injecting Morphine and Methadone that he was doing for yrs without my knowledge. now all the signs add up but he figured he knew what he was doing. Please, Please, Please, if you are using PLEASE GET HELP, and if you know someone who is PLEASE GET THEM HELP! Don’t let someone or yourself think this is safe. Please take your Life back and Live!!!! Don’t do what my Boyfriend did…. and leave their Loved ones Behind.

Cynthia
12:40 am April 29th, 2015

Please take the abuse of drugs Seriously.

4:39 pm April 29th, 2015

Hi Cynthia. I’m very sorry for your loss. I also cannot thank you enough for staying strong and sharing your experience with others that may be saved.

Dawn
8:00 am May 9th, 2015

Last week I was subscribed Morphene for kidney stones. They were supposed to be regular release pills. The bottle and prescription was take 1-2 every 4 hours as needed. My dr suggest I take before having too much pain. I was waiting to hear back for my surgery time. For my stones were to large to pass. I took 2 every four hours from 5 pm till 10 am the next morning. I got a call from my dr at 10 am to go to emergency room for my surgery. My urologist called in. Come to find out. The pharmacy accidentally filled my bottle w time release Morphene. 1 pill every 12 hours. I was admitted and put in the heart area of the hospital. I was having tremors, high fever and vomiting for three days. That was 8 days ago. I’m still on bed rest from surgery. But I feel foggy and achy. Sometimes forgetting what the hell I’m even doing. Is this a side effect from the overdose? And is it long term?

John
5:29 am May 11th, 2015

I tried Lyrica and it set off a psychosis that made me first eat all the Lyrica about 3500mg … then think that eating my morphine 60mg and I just refilled for 60 so I overdosed on 3600mg of morphine.. all this because the lyrica said it was normal … i was hearing thoughts with voices on the Lyrica .. I then hallucinated talking with Satan and Jesus .. I was in a different reality that seemed normal .. I was found on my kitchen floor twitching and barely breathing .. never would have done this myself .. as you can see I have survived .. for the lady wondering there is no pain .. I was in a different world .. right now both hands are numb and hoping for complete recovery

2:57 pm May 14th, 2015

HiDawn. I don’t believe it will be long-term condition. Our brains and bodies are great at healing and regenerating. What does your doctor say?

Karen
9:09 am May 23rd, 2015

What would happen if a palliative patient that was on mst morphine then had a syringe driver put in with morphine was still given a dose of mst along with other medication i.e zoplicone

Robert
4:26 am June 2nd, 2015

My friend is in a family battle over why his father died.
His father was in the hospital for over 100 days and not able to talk or do anything. He was on a respirator waiting to die from cancer. On the 102 day my friend suggested and the doctor agreed he may need a little more morphine because he appeared to be in pain. The doctor gave the patient more morphine and he happened to die a few hours later. His brothers are now accusing him of causing the death of their father. My friend was just trying to make his father’s last days / hours a little more comfortable.
Would I be correct to say, a doctor doesn’t prescribe any drug based on a family members opinion and would only prescribe drugs if they were needed, especially morphine.
I was also told by someone else, morphine alone normally won’t kill you, it only helps the pain and you’re breathing. Is that correct?
Thanks for your feed back

RW

kimberlye
11:36 pm June 16th, 2015

On Nov 5, 2014 my life changed forever my mom was heavily addicted to pain pills my father died of cancer march 3, 2014 so my mom took her meds as usual but was not on purpose she overdosed on morphine so I just want to know if she was in pain when she died found her Indian style with her head over my fathers ashes .. Thanks for a reply

Kim
8:52 am June 17th, 2015

Hi,

My nephew who was 37 years old, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and on his last day the doctor prescribed a dose of 5mg of morphine every hour, 3 times. Could this cause his heart rate and breathing to slow down and cause his death?

2:09 pm June 17th, 2015

Hi Kim. The dose of morphine is large and does bring side effects. Can you ask the doctor why so much as so frequent morphine doses are needed? Is your nephew in pain? That will bring you as close as possible to an answer.

3:44 pm June 17th, 2015

Hi Kimberlye. Its like falling asleep, with a beautiful sense of warmth and well-being. It is not painful. I’m very sorry for your loss. May god bless her and you.

Lois
6:43 am June 30th, 2015

Can you take morphine ir compounded, ms contin, morphine sulfate, and ativan at the same time?

AmB
9:43 am July 5th, 2015

Does anyone know like ng term affect from od on morphine sublingual. I was put on morphine sublingual while in hospice care. Had used off and on in hospital but not reg. Use and never out patient. While in hospice I was given the 20/100 concentration and started with 5mg every 2 hours and then switched to 10mg every 2 hours. I have major absorbing issue or don’t think I’d be here. Never got in drugs or drinking until docs said nothing left to fix stomach issue following gastric bypass surgery. I can’t eat much and allergic to all pain meds except morphine. Found out as child. Was tried on fentnyl patch and dauldid think how it’s spelled but reacted to both. Pain got so bad and tired of living in hospitals I decided to end the pain. I put 2 full bottles of 20/100 concentration, hospices bottles down feeding tube took zofran sublingual 30 4 mg tabs., benadryl to help me sleep and lithium carb. Plus bottle of 5/100 concentration of morphine. They found me two days later. Paramedics got me back , lost me in amvulance. Bagged me, got me back. Arrived doa but again brought back. Hospital doc wasn’t usual didn’t know I was a dnr, do not resuscitate. I was put on life support doc told family I’d never make it of breathing tube, iv in neck and ng tube. Signed new dnr but few days later I Survived off tube. Spent 3 week’s in hospital just got out. Last 2 days there felt like in a fog watching world go but dazed. I have major ptsd due to abuse. Recent testing cause traumas and ptsd symtoms to get worse. I was feeling ptsd fog heard of not felt. But it’s just body began feels ng tingling and felt brain just foggy. All in slow motion no feeling to the thinges going on.. now after the eating not sure if this is side affect of overdose or ptsd. I was dx. Malnutrition and failure to thrive, and gastroparesis following gastric bypass surgery roux-n-y. Hospice had me jan. Feb but signed me out as insurance stopped cover these dx. 2 yards ago.. not sure if addicted. Confused. I don’t like high affect drives me crazy to float and spin feeling funny in head when hospital does iv. Hate it and put up with pain refusing meds until pain so bad. The sublingual within first half hour I can eat without major pain after that no more food. But it doesn’t make you spin or float or head weird. Thankfully. The taste is affecting me now taste like poison. Why I put down feeding tube instead of swollowing. As leaving the hospital the doctor said I was addicted said I needed methodone clinic. Don’t know what methodone is or addiction issue. I don’t steel for it and don’t take as much as can. Every 4 hours. If I don’t eat or drink no pain don’t need it but reality hits after few days no pain no meds gotta eat. Pain back. But still don’t use as much as can and being reacting to taste still not taking ng all I can. At times side effects s worse than pain. Offended by being called addict. Hurts. If hospice kept me people wouldn’t judge. Docs said to many problems can’t fix even mayo clinical and shands sent me back. So going to clinic to come off pain meds helping me eat to live. Just don’t know. Saw hair falling out thought this was my vitamins n levels they can’t get up. Got holes in everywhere. Was going to shave and get wig tomorrow. . Can’t sleep. Tired so tired but can’t sleep. What are side affects. Long term affects of overdose. Sorry so long but dumbest questions are ones not asked.
Thanks finding hope,
AMB

Sam
2:54 am July 8th, 2015

I’m a regular opiate abuser. 2 days ago I took my usual 75 mg morphine ER. Then a few hours later I took another 75 mgs. The next day I couldn’t stay awake and was extremely nauseated. Did I OD, because this was not my intention. Is it even safe to take my prescribed 15 mgs? I’m really scared to take anything now. Please help!

12:54 pm July 8th, 2015

Hi Sam. Call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison expert and to get instructions on what you should do next. It’s best to consult your doctor or a pharmacist about whether you should take the regular 15mg or wait.

Judith
11:45 pm July 10th, 2015

I take zormorph 60mg slow release tablets for a bad back I have been invited out for a drink tomorrow Is it safe to drink if I don’t tak my medication 24hours before drinking alcohol

Davidv
4:38 am July 12th, 2015

My grandmother is dying of cancer. They have started giving her morphine for pain. I think the dose they give her is too high. All she really wants to do is sleep, she doesn’t recognize anyone and is experiencing the sensation of falling. Can you advise?

Mario
12:56 am July 15th, 2015

How dangerous is it to take morphine with codein and/or valium? I am wondering if I am at risk of taking anywhere near an overdose amount. I have been on the codein and valium for a long time for chronic, severe back pain, (10 mg each, 3 times/day). Now my doctor has prescribed a low dose of slow release morphine too since the other pain med and muscle relaxer are not effective any more. I was surprised that I haven’t really noticed any improvement with the addition of morphine, (15 mg). I’m wondering if I can take all three at greater doses now and then to get some real relief. What amounts and combos would be dangerous?
Thanks for a great blog.

Alicia
2:19 am July 24th, 2015

Hello, I am writing to you because on 12/16/14, I went to my mother’s home to check on her and unfortunately it took me a minute to realize she wasn’t sleeping…. It wasn’t until I felt her chest and she was ice cold. We had no idea what had happened, we thought she drank too much( she has had problems with alcohol her whole life) When the doctor who performed the autopsy on her called me and informed me that a lethal dose of Morphine was found in her system… i dont know how mg translates to decimals, but she said that if a cancer patient who took morphine daily for pain might show .1 and she said my moms level was 2.0. We know she didnt do it intentionally because she always claimed to have a high tolerance for anything and i feel she was experimenting with Morphine and took a fatal dose. After going through her phone i feel her neighbor who was in love with her had something to do with it…. he just had hip surgery and she and him spent a lot of time together, but she didnt love him and that made him mad so i cant help but think he might have snuck it in a drink or something…. would she be able to taste it? There was also methamphetamine and alcohol in her system….. Could it just have been the lethal mixure of all 3? I’m just confused and any insight would be nice. thank you

Micha
9:59 pm July 26th, 2015

I am on 60mg morphine ER and 30mg IR. I thought I took my dose, but am feeling awful and am wondering if I took an extra 60mg of the ER. Is that enough to OD on?

brenda
8:07 pm July 27th, 2015

cause of death hypertensive cardiovascular disease with morphine toxicity and hepatic cirrhosis acting as contributory causes death certificate state accidental. can you explain to me the cause of death? was their drug use level on death certificate for morphine is morphine free 186 ng/ml.

Carl
11:27 am August 1st, 2015

My 74 year old mother has been a legal addict for 50+ years (the ones I know about: Alcohol, anti-depressants, hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, and now, ta da, morphine). The side effects are so evident. After all of “this” (“this” being disappointing life situations of which I’ll spare everyone,) my conclusion is that learning to cope with pain has got to better than having to deal the addiction side effects of pain “medication” (some form of opiate). Here’s my question, is there real evidence that the establishment, the AMA and governmental medical community, are reaching the same conclusion, that dealing with pain is better in the long than opiate addiction?

Mary
6:48 pm August 3rd, 2015

Is a morphine amount of 44ng/mL lethal? That is what the toxicology shows from my daughter’s autopsy? She was a heroin addict for 6 yrs. She was in recovery several times. Her friend said she was detoxing at home when she died.

4:25 pm August 6th, 2015

Hi Mary. I’m very sorry for your loss. Different doses are lethal for different people. Did she have traces of any other substances in her blood, since fatal overdoses happen more often when a person mixes substances. In people who are not opiate-naive and have previously used opiate drugs, blood concentration of 200 ng/ml and more of free morphine usually display a fatal outcome.

Tria
7:42 pm August 6th, 2015

MS, as a fellow chronic pain patient on high doses of opiate meds, that sounds like an exceptionally high dose for anyone; worryingly so, to be honest. I’m not surprised you’re concerned. I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome with 80+ joint dislocations a day and secondary fibromyalgia and even my dose isn’t as high as that… If he’s having symptoms as you describe, it may be time for him to try coming off one and possibly increasing the dose of the other slightly to compensate for the alteration in pain relief. Is he on immediate-release morphine or extended release? It’s a bit odd if all that massively high dose is immediate-release – most specialists don’t like to do that, they prefer to give an extended release pain med in the background and a lesser dose of immediate-release for breakthrough pain. I think if anything he’d do well to consult a pain management specialist as soon as possible. I hope that’s some help.

ish
9:31 pm August 6th, 2015

My nephew died from a morphine overdose 9/9/10 . It was his first time trying the drug to get high , he went to sleep and never woke up. On 3/10/15 my mother died and come to find out it was from a morphine overdose also….she was prescribed the drug but had no medical reason to take it and she was directed to take morphine Sr 30 mg 3 times a day along with oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Christina
3:01 am August 7th, 2015

My brother just recently passed from accidental morphine overdose. His toxicology report showed 650 ng/ml and his girlfriend is prescribed 60 mg morphine pills. How many did he ingest? We can’t get one straight story and I’m just in shock.

Richard C
11:16 pm August 11th, 2015

Is there a correlation between body weight and when a dose may become toxic.
As a person loses weight but dose remains the same when should you worry? Such as lbs per mg of MS ER or IR.

Donna
9:02 pm August 14th, 2015

My son has accidentally taken morphine instead of ibruprofwn is had in danger he took 180mg

Ron
6:59 pm August 15th, 2015

My mother died after being on oral morphine for 3 days for pain relief. I was told she was being given one gram. She was 95. Is one gram feasible or was I misinformed about the dosage?

Steve
8:18 pm August 15th, 2015

is it possible to od om morphine by simply taking pills, and not injecting it? what amount/dose would be lethal for a person who is not using morphine or any other drugs, and never have?

11:59 am August 17th, 2015

Hello Ron. I’m sorry for your loss. I don’t believe it’s possible that she was given 1 gram morphine. Immediate release morphine tablets should be given to opioid-naive patients at 15-30mg orally every 4 hours as needed. Oral morphine solution is typically dosed at 10-20mg orally every 4 hours as needed. While extended-release oral doses should not exceed 30 mg every 24 hours. If your mother was given morphine subcutaneously the recommended dose is 10 mg every 4 hours as needed.

3:10 pm August 17th, 2015

Hi Donna. I recommend you take him to the hospital as soon as possible. That is a very high dose for someone who is opiate naive.

Angel
8:44 pm August 17th, 2015

My Mother over dosed and died two weeks ago. I justgot her toxicology report back today. Which now leads to so many questions. The coroner could not give me an explanation. So I am hopeful you can help me. She overdosed on two things, morphine and butalbital. The report says for the butalbital her level was 783 and the cut off is 200, for the morphine her level was 1200 cut off is 200. My question is how could she have taken this amount of these drugs? Especially the morphine, was it injected? She was a prescription pill taker, never street drugs, never injections. Her body was found with a lady that is a known addict of both street and prescription drugs. Itjust seems suspicious. Also I read that morphine could mean a number of different opiates. Im so confused. Any answers thigh can help me find are greatly appreciated. I have a copy of the report if that helps. Thank you so much !!

11:30 am August 18th, 2015

Hello Angel. I’m sorry that I cannot either offer you a solid explanation and answer your question. Maybe you can get some solid answers from people working in the laboratory.

JB
10:45 am August 20th, 2015

Hi there, about 10 years ago I was in an experimental stage of my life, and I was trying many different drugs. In one way or another, I got my hands on a 100mg dose of morphine that I had taken. I remember the pill kicking in and causing my entire body to feel numb. I had trouble moving and controlling my own body. At the peak of the high, I just sat outside a cottage in a chair, and time literally stood still. A friend would come out and check on me every once in a while to see if I was alright, but I just couldn’t move. I can’t help but think that I was very close to death, and I’m just looking for some further insight into my experience.

Dr.Gamal
10:05 pm August 21st, 2015

50 mg morphine injection can induced a semi coma for 3 days and more

Lance
8:16 pm August 22nd, 2015

I took 220 milgrams of morphine but I’ve been shooting a gram of herion everyday for almost 8yrs am I gonna b ok? My buddy says no throw it up asap plz hmb asap thanks

Chris
4:49 am August 24th, 2015

Morphine does not dilate pupils. it CONSTRICTS them…

11:08 am August 24th, 2015

Hi Lance. If you are not sure about your safety and you start to experience any unusual or withdrawal symptoms, have your friend drive you to the hopsital.

JB
12:17 am August 25th, 2015

One of my older, more experienced friends at the time said that I was lucky the pill was slow release coated, otherwise I could have died. Is this accurate?

jayme
12:03 am September 9th, 2015

My grandma was in hospice but she was stable and was resdy to transfer tonhome or another place because she didnt need hospice at thst point. Friday.morning she was awake eatn drinking a d talking because they never gave her a stool softner she was backed up so she hsd tummy.pain.she was 94 yrs d 92lbs and her heary was eorkinh at 14 percent. Then knew thst one mg of.morphinemiv.push had her out cold for 9 hours and high for.over fifteenhours . So fri. They gave her ten mg u der the tongue of morphine then adavan then another ten.mg of orsl morphine and she died an awful death in out arn.from respitory arest.

Barbara
3:17 pm September 9th, 2015

16 days ago I took 45 15mg ER Morphine in a sucide attempt. I was very depressed due to long standing physical problems related to neurmuscular problems and a fusion from C3 to T6. It was not planned but done on Monday morning when I got up and was in such pain and weakness I took the pills which had been prescribed by pain management. I did a stupid thing I know, I should have put them in the garbage disposer. However, two hours later I went to sleep and woke up 16 hours later and stayed home another day throwing up back liquid and sleeping until I went to ER, driving myself. They did blood tests which showed my liver AST at 150 and ALT at 80, gave me a cocktail of stomach antacids and held me in a room until transferred to a pscyh hospital where I was given antibiotics due to horseness in my voice and coughing up sputum. They did not change my meds of Lexapro 10 mg. I came home last Weds and stayed at my sons where I did a lot of household chores, Friday Lanudry and Sat attended a football game. Starting Sunday I have felt out of it and weak. I had new blood work done yesterday and do not have results but last blood test 10 days ago showed ALT normal and AST in 70s. How can I tell if I have ruined my spinal cord or brain and organs and what I am feeling is a result of my action. Thank you Have an appointment with pscyh this afternoon. Thank you

Teresa
10:47 pm September 9th, 2015

I just got out of the hospital this past friday from an accidentle od on morphine and ativan. I have alot of health problems and im on norcos for pain and then they gave me morphine too. i guess i took too much and became unconcience and unresponsive. My hubby found me n called 911. I guess they hit me with the narcan n sent me straight into withdrawls instantly. I had the shakes real bad, was cold and was real short of breath. Course I dont remember any of it. I lernt my lewsson real good, i dont want anymore of that crap. I was afraid of even taking my norco the next day, but it didnt bother me. Def dont want anymore morphine at all

Rob
8:59 pm September 15th, 2015

My brother is in hospice with stage four lung cancer. He is incurable so to speak and was put on a morphine drip and Ativan as well. We were told he would be dead within a couple of days. He is now been in hospice 10 days and they keep increasing the morphine to “make him comfortable”. He is now receiving 48 mg of morphine per hour as well as a high dose of lorazepam. Everyone at the hospital is confused about why he hasn’t died yet and they are accusing the family of not letting him go. I think this is ridiculous they are simply trying to euthanize him with morphine which we understand. However I don’t believe he was that close to death even though he was in curable at the point food was withdrawn. He was never an opiate abuser however he was a very heavy drinker. It seems that they were simply wrong that they could quickly euthanize him with increasing doses of morphine .

Anne
8:31 am September 16th, 2015

I had surgery about 6 months ago and was prescribed 60mg Extended Release Morphine every 12 hours and Morphine 30mg every 4 hours. In addition to this I was prescribed Gabapentin 300mg three times a day, Diazepam 10mg every 8 hours as needed and Methocarbamol 750mg every six hours as needed. I during this drug therapy I became depressed (or that is what I thought it was) and saw my PCP who recommended I see a Pyschiatrist who then put me on Brintellix 20mg daily. All I did was sleep all day so I tried to stop the Morphine, but went through withdrawal, which the doctor said I couldn’t do and had me go back to the prescribed amount. As a result if this I ended up in the hospital because I was over-medicated with symptoms of slurred speech, slow breathing, low blood pressure, sleeping and/or falling asked constantly, inability to walk without fumbling and the worst scenario incontinance. I am now on a CPAP because during my hospitalization I was getting a la k of oxygen to my brain, which was verified in follow up sleep studies during which I stopped breathing multiple times while I was asleep. I had a sleep study teo years so and I had no issues. The doctors that have since treated me diagnosed the condition as iatrogenesis medication mismanagement. As a result of thus incident I have at least one panic attack each week when I am sleeping, have short-term memory issues and the need to use a CPAP. Is this normal fir pain management following a hip replacement? I need a knee replacement and a scared to death. I need to understand this better so any help someone can provided would be greatly appreciated.

Beck
9:06 pm September 16th, 2015

I am caregiver for many years for patient. I have provided medical management the entire time. My client takes 30 mg morphine sulfate every 4 hours for various side effects of chemo including abdominal pain and terrible peripheral neuropathy. This morning he ingested double dosage of his morphine at 6am. It is now 12noon and he is very lethargic with some involuntary movement. I have him lying down but his body wont relax and he is fighting rest. Will this resolve itself or are we in trouble?

James
4:28 am September 21st, 2015

I swallowed a 60 mg SR morphine pill whole for the first time. I am afraid of falling asleep now because of reading about the possibility of OD’n and not waking up online.

Carl
1:08 pm September 22nd, 2015

Something unusual is happening with my mother, in the last 2 weeks she has begun calling me on the phone again. When she calls she speaks clearly and thoughtfully. She speaks normally again. A major part of the reason for these improvements is that her doctor has reduced the amount of morphine prescribed for pain. Why would the doctor do that? At least part of the reason is confrontation, staying involved with my loved ones medical team. I encourage readers here to confront medical staff if you suspect overmedicating (see my post in this blog on August 1st). Eventually you can make and see a difference!

3:39 pm September 23rd, 2015

H James. I’d suggest you see a doctor if you are feeling weird or worsening symptoms. Also, call 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison exper from the Poison Control Center who can assess your risk and provide valuable advise on what you should do next.

Heather
8:44 pm September 29th, 2015

@Tria- I am also a zebra, and I’ve been on Tramadol for dislocations for a long time just like your sister. The lethal dose of Tramadol is so unbelievably high that unless she had five pill bottles on hand and took them all at once, she couldn’t even come close to overdosing. Especially if she’s been taking it awhile, it just isn’t a likely candidate for overdosing. Can’t answer your other questions, although I can sympathize on the speedy drug metabolism haha :) Just try to encourage her to talk to someone who’s paid to listen and help. Stay strong zebra sister <3

Ann
8:53 pm October 3rd, 2015

How much is 600 ng/mL of morphine? Would this be to much for you if you were not eating or drinking & also taking Valium?

Teresa
7:35 am October 5th, 2015

My son passed away his toxicology report had morphine 0.06 oxycodone 0.03 amitriptyline 0.21 sertraline 1.07 olanzapine 0.27 clonazepam metabolic detected what does all of this mean

Walter
3:53 am October 16th, 2015

What would the count of 50mg of morphine in an autopsy be an od

Lacy
12:00 pm October 17th, 2015

I was recently prescribed time release 30mg morphine tablets, I am afraid to take them because I don’t know how much is too much for my body. I am 5’0″ and about 107lbs.
How quickly do the tablets release??

Lynnette
2:22 am October 19th, 2015

My mom is in a nursing home she is 77 she has Dementia. COPD I got a call from the nurse who stated she had given my mom morphine to calm her down. She was having a panic attack. The next call I got was the next morning they said she was having trouble breathing and passed out falling to the floor. They said they gave her morphine again I asked them to stop but they said she is suffering. I made them stop but now my mom can no longer walk or use her right arm. She cant feed herself She isn’t able to do anything for her self. She was very active and now she can barely talk and is screening in pain. Her right arm is stiff and her hand is closed tight. When they gave her morphine she is also on antidepressants and anxiety meds and serequal. Was this an overdose?

Carl
3:45 am October 20th, 2015

Lynnette, hard to say but the main thing is your mom is still alive. I encourage your to learn everything you can about these drugs, possible interactions and become involved during Dr and nursing staff examinations for the purpose of advocating for your mom. My experienced is Dr’s and nurses overmedicate for a variety of reasons (including unfortunate circumstances); however, you can make a difference in your mom getting proper medications by advocating for her to receive proper dosing instead of sedation-control or ignorant dosing (see my post 1 Aug & 22 Sep in this blog).

missyou
6:58 am October 22nd, 2015

im from the uk so i hope its ok 2post here :/
i was with my bf for 8 years, he was 36 years old. neway…… 2 years ago he broke his back so they were giving him morphine.. he died in august this year whilst i was a sleep next to him, he had taken some morphine n was drinking alot of booze, i miss him so much.
each morning i wake up n hope he will come home, i wait all day. i cry myself to sleep everynight feeling hurt he didnt come home

Cc
4:39 am October 25th, 2015

My pain management doctor took me off of my hydrocarbon because it wasn’t working anymore, Tried me with oxycodone..migraine headaches, so I was put on morphine Sul 15 MG every 4 to 6 hrs not to exceed 5 a day. I’m 5 ft 1 122 lbs, have been taking opioidso for a long time due to back surgeries. .sometimes my arms feel heavy after taking 1,not numb or tingling. I’m also on Xanax is this too much for me? What are my chances of over dosing. .I hate change of meds It scares me

john
6:11 am October 30th, 2015

I have mistakenly taken 5ml of morphine sulfate 20mg/5ml for 22 months..have i hurt my health?
Prescription reads .25/.50 every2 hours or as needed for pain. Thanks,john.

Amyra
3:45 am October 31st, 2015

I just wannna know if I’ll bd ok bc IVs took 7tramadol morphins & 4hydrcoden will I be okay also i have a very large tolerance for pills been taking them b everyday since I was 17

Emily
6:27 am November 2nd, 2015

My 2 1/2 year old son was given 21 1/2 x the amount of morphine he was supposed to receive in an hour. He was in heart failure and had hlhs, awaiting a transplant. He had a stroke 10 days later, and was removed from the list (on the same day we were to receive a donor heart). He died one day after being placed back status 1a. My question is this: did the overdose cause the stroke? Could it have? Thank you for taking the time to listen

5:58 pm November 3rd, 2015

Hello Emily. I am very sorry for your loss! In such a small and fragile organism, administering that big of a dose can be the cause of many unwanted effects. What did the autopsy report or doctors say?

Jay
10:35 pm November 11th, 2015

I did something stupid. I had pain from hurting myself at work and my buddy gave me one of his pills. Morphine I think which I’ve never taken before. It said Ms 200 on it. I’ve randomly taken friends pills like OxyContin & Vicodin before over years when I’ve hurt myself & had no problem. I took the pill at 1:00 pm yesterday and when I woke up today I still have effects! It’s 2:30 next day. I feel “drunk” and itchy. How long before this goes away??

11:57 pm November 12th, 2015

Hello Jay. Now you know that you shouldn’t take random pills without consulting your doctor first. Every drug affects each individual differently, so the effects might vary from patient to patient. You probably are experiencing a side effect of Morphine, and I suggest you call a doctor if you get worse.

R
12:26 am November 13th, 2015

Could a coroner detect any signs of morphine overdose in a deceased person.Would that be noted in his/her report ? I need to know if the coroner would suspect the cause of death to be an overdose.I have not asked this before. This is important. What does the death report say . Could a coroner tell if someone died from an overdose knowing that the person had been on morphine. Could he detect the signs — lungs filled with liquid for example. A sympton not related to the deceased person’s medical condition at the time of death ?

Teresa
6:53 am November 13th, 2015

Thank you for the info . I am trying to understand my sons autopsy report I am looking for help.

Lynds
9:49 pm November 14th, 2015

Hi there–I’m just asking because I am a opiate user of now over 6 years. I was in a car accident when I was 17 and have chronic pain and nerve damage of the sciatic nerve. Obviously I’ve been switched and moved around and gone to every which drug I can think of. Right now I’m on 160mg of Morphine Er twice a day, 12 hour release tablets. It’s time for me to switch and move to another medication because, obviously it’s too high and I have a tolerance to it. I have a doctors appointment coming up to do just that. Insurance issues impeded me changing it sooner. However, that’s not why I’m here, obviously.

It’s fear. Seven years and I’ve never once been able to get of pain medication. No matter the dose. And it does, it scares me. Because I’m at 160 twice a day and it doesn’t make me sick or dizzy or anything and for as long as I’ve been on these medications, I feel like I should know more about them and what, even if I can’t feel anything, they’re doing to my body.

The 160 is on top of breakthrough medication–Roxicodone 15 mg. it’s not really a question I have other than if there is any general information someone can give me that I don’t know I should either ask my doctor or consider in regards to my health. Whether it’s alternative ways of pain reduction or otherwise. It’s greatly appreciated even though all I’m asking for is your opinion or advice. Thank you.

11:01 pm November 18th, 2015

Hello R. Coroner’s duties include determining the cause, time, and manner of death. I believe that a coroner should suspect the cause of death to be an overdose, and than, he/she should ask for further toxicological testing.

Tria
12:16 am November 19th, 2015

Heather– Thank you, but I was actually asking what would happen if she drank a full bottle of Oramorph 10mg/5ml after being on Tramadol for so long! I do appreciate your bothering to try to address one of my concerns, though. The mods here certainly don’t seem to give a toss; they reply to maybe one in four comments and some of what they say is disturbingly inaccurate half the time. I have to wonder whether they’ll even let this one through moderation now that I’ve said that, but eh, we shall see. Sis has since been dx with borderline & is now getting more help than she was, so that at least is a ray of light in the darkness. Thank you, Heather– have a bendy handshake! 😉

Myra
6:48 pm November 23rd, 2015

Hi my name is Myra and I had a question that I wanted answers for. Is taking 150mg of morphine every hour to much? Is that called over dose of morphine?

Carl
12:02 am November 25th, 2015

Hello, is it possible to create as separate blog addressing how to combat the “medical community/establishment,” “medicare,”and “Dr’s” that over-prescribe morphine to senior citizens?

Marcia
5:33 am November 27th, 2015

Ivana, How do you know how a person feels when someone overdoses on morphine sulfate? You told a Kymberlly that it was like going to sleep. I need to know this please.

Tria
12:55 pm November 27th, 2015

Marcia, she *doesn’t* know, not first-hand. How could she?

2:29 pm November 27th, 2015

Hello Myra. Does doctor prescribe that amount of morphine? I believe that is too much amount of morphine which can lead to OD.

Tre
3:38 pm November 27th, 2015

My doctors at the VA hospital have me on 900 mg of morphine and day 600 extended release and 300 fast acting I think this is too much to think that this is too much

Carl
4:57 am November 29th, 2015

Tre, my Mom’s previous Dr. said she’d attended a VA conference recently held, and at the conference they reviewed morphine. One of the things said during the conference was that Tylenol worked well with morphine, that it complemented it. So, late at night, I’m trying Tylenol with my mom, as well as topical ointments, massage, and heat. It seems to work. I’m not trying to be a doc, just pass on what we do to reduce morphine usage.

Jodi
3:31 am November 30th, 2015

As a retired licensed practical nurse, due to being disabled, every once in a while somebody will get ahold of me in one way or another to ask me my opinion of something that would be considered a medical issue. First and furthermost I ALWAYS direct the person to consult with their doctor. Then I try to answer their questions to the best of my ability, without making any diagnosis. Just a few minutes ago I received a phone call from someone that said a friend of theirs told them to call me because they knew I “use to be” a nurse. Then they asked me this, “Could someone die from taking an excess of their meds? They’re either thinking about taking pills or already have.” So I suggested taking this person to the ER out call the police, they’ll make your friend go to the ER, they’ll offer that out JAIL. That way your friend would get help whether they took their pills in a harmful way or just thought about it.
With that over I now want to know, for my own knowledge file in my brain, if the drug combination that person asked me about was potentially fatal drug combination and disagree, PLEASE? They didn’t take the drugs but this is what he was going to take:
25 – 0.5mg klonopins/90mg morphine/10mg flexeril/300mg nucynta
These are all pills he takes routinely in lower, normal dosages! Could he have killed himself had he taken those pills all at once?

12:29 pm November 30th, 2015

Hi Jodi. Just like you, we are not at liberty to discuss such things as would a combination of medications cause someone to overdose or not. We try to advise people to do the same things: Call 911, have someone they trust take them to the hospital, if they know someone is about to OD – call the police, if they accidentally took an extra dose – then Call the Poison Control Center. I believe it’s professional, and that you will understand.

margie
10:06 pm December 4th, 2015

I took 5 ml of oramorph at about 4 this morning for chronic back pain , I haven’t taken it for quite some time. I also take 30 ml of mirtazapine which I have just started to take in place of fluoxetine which I took for 15 years ,doc changed meds as I was getting very bad depression and anxiety so decided to try mirtazapine instead which I must say I feel much better for but this afternoon I was violently sick unexpectedly felt fine one minute then very sick .could it be the ora morph reacting with my meds?

Zelda
8:26 am December 7th, 2015

My dad was in home hospice care for 15 days. Labs showed 490ng/ml free morphine and 1600 total in his system post mortem. He was opiate naive when admitted.

For the first 13 days, he was given a total of 10ml oral morphine. Then, in the last 35 hours of life, he was given 40ml, which I understand to be a massive amount.

An autopsy determined that his liver and kidneys were fine, so failed metabolism was not an issue.

He had sigificant chronic heart disease. Not cancer or terminal illness. He was 83.

Any question as to whether he died of an overdose? Or whether the 40ml in the last 35 hours of life was bizarrely excessive?

Thank for your help in understanding this

Dakota
12:44 pm December 9th, 2015

I accidently took 3 of my morphen extendid release 30s and I also took 1 of my 1mg klonapins like 10 hours later. Will u be ok?

Emily
2:32 pm December 9th, 2015

Re: addiction blog

The autopsy was very underwhelming and had no mention of the overdose at all. In fact, the transplant doc told me that really the autopsy provided no answers. There was slight mention of pneumonia, but the doctor told me to disregard that because my son was intubated so that would be a typical finding and not the cause of death. I’m sorry I’m just now seeing your reply. Thank you.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:28 pm December 11th, 2015

Hi, Margie. Yes, it could be. So, talk with your doctor about this.

Gretchen
5:34 pm December 12th, 2015

My brother has had his second surgery for bleeding on the brain. 74 yrs old possible head trauma unknown when . He came thru the first surgery fine and 18 days later had to be operated again due to additional blood causing same symptoms head ache, forgetfulness , shuffling of feet etc. after two days from his second surgery, he has not been able to come out of anesthia . Drs told them perhaps too much morphine was administered since his body was not over the first operation. They are now keeping him sedated and restraints are necessary. He’s very strong and has the body of a 50 yr old other than these complications , we are concerned. He doesn’t take medications of any sort. What’s going on?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:06 pm December 14th, 2015

Hi, Gretchen. I’m sorry for your brother. Your family is in my prayers. I hope everything will be fine soon. I suggest you consult with brother’s doctor about his situation. Pray for the best!

Larry
7:53 am December 15th, 2015

I’m very concerned. I severely injured my back which involved a surgery that left scar tissue my spinal cord. This was in 2003, and since then osteoarthritis has set in at the surgical site. I’ve been on a successful program of morphine sulfate and hydrocodon for breakout pain. At one time I was dosed over 300mg/day. When I don’t require as much, I consult with my doctor and we lower the amount.
Now, the state of Oregon is pushing through legislation that limits dosing to 120mg/day for EVERYONE on a successful pain management program like myself. People who respect these drugs, and obey all of the associated risks and laws involved in taking these drugs even at higher doses than myself. If my, (and all others) daily dose gets cut to 120mg/day, I will suffer much pain. I won’t be able to live life as I know it. No carrying anything over 20lbs, or riding my bike, or picking up my new granddaughter. I spoke directly, face to face, with the dr’s creating this legislation, and they, very rudely, didn’t give a damn about me.
I’m all for fighting against overdose deaths, drugs falling into the wrong hands, and all of the bad things associated with these drugs, but they can’t paint us with the same brush. They said, “Sure we can”. I’m afraid my pain will drive me to another death…my suicide.

jimmy
3:58 pm December 18th, 2015

Sounds like a painful death forcing someone to drop the meteor on a sick psycho ward of an uncle without having your son know beforehand. All Jimmy wanted to do was push Sméagol down into the flames of fire before he went down like the shark tank

Barbara
12:40 am December 20th, 2015

My Dr.said I could cut my 30 Mg ER can be split in half, but I am afraid to? I take 15 mg. now, but I might run out before my next appt. I am 81 yrs old and I am trying to cut back because I have COPD& CHF

Laura
1:27 pm December 27th, 2015

Hi. Last night i took 8 30mg mst tablets. Not tryin to die, just punishing myself but today i feel very shaky, vomiting and spaced out. If thos dose was going to kill me would it have happened by now? Its been over 10hrs since I took them

Carl
4:20 am December 29th, 2015

Barbara, reducing my Mom’s morphine dosage to 15 mg in the morning and 15 mg again in the evening helped her tremendously. She regained an appetite and general well being. Eventually, she went to just 15 mg once in the early evening. Pain is always going to be a challenge for my Mom buy she’s no longer being over medicated. My Mom is approximately your age. It wasn’t easy but we got through it. Now she has started to use topical ointments to help reduce her chronic pain.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:33 pm December 29th, 2015

Hi, Laura. If you don’t feel well, call he Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or call 911 ASAP.

MV
1:04 am January 1st, 2016

Hi I am 28 and on fentanyl patch 100 micrograms per hour and 2 X 10mg slow release capsules and up to 10ml oramorph if and when needed. I have psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Osteoporosis, 3 compression fractures in my spine, inflammation of the lining of the heart and lungs and gullet and now got inflammation in the muscles. I just wanted to know am I having too much morphine? I have lost my apatite and have lost 16kgs in less than a month and do not know if it is due to the morphine. I tried to stop the morphine and got withdrawal symptoms. My life is near enough bed bound most of the time now as I am too weak to do anything most days. I went to my GP and he says my bmi is in normal range so cannot refer me to dietitian. What advice can you give me? Also I get suicidal thoughts and because I’ve heard OD on morphine is like falling asleep it keeps tempting me, I haven’t done it as of yet though, thank god. Need advice soon as please and thank you for your time in reading this. God bless and happy new year to you all.

Paris
10:43 am January 1st, 2016

My father overdosed on morphine. In his death certificate it is stated that whej he died he had 12mg/L of morphine In his blood then further down under “bile” it says there was 100mg/L was this a lethal dose?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:45 pm January 1st, 2016

Hi, Paris. I’m really sorry for your loss…I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response.

joe
1:43 am January 2nd, 2016

450 mg of morphine and still here how is that possible

Mary
8:24 pm January 2nd, 2016

My daughter claimed to have taken 600 mg of Morphine to kill herself. There was no sign of anything other than vomiting for 2 hours.. next day, she was fine. She lies alot, so I don’t know if this would be medically ppssible, without death or coma???

Teresa
4:27 am January 3rd, 2016

My son passed away the autopsy said it was morphine level was .06mg. And oxycodone .03 mg/l is that alot? There were other medicine in his systm to. Please help I need to know

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:45 pm January 4th, 2016

Hi, Teresa. I’m really sorry for your loss. I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response.

Sarah
11:37 pm January 5th, 2016

A friend of mine was admitted to a very good hospital two days ago for gangrene infection. They scraped it out before anybody parts had to be cut off and today has moved from ICU to a regular room. My concern is that this patient told me that she is self-administering morphine EVERY12 minutes “just to feel high”. Can I be rest-assured that this frequency will not cause coma? When I call on the phone she tells me of her hallucinations and we laugh and then she falls asleep again. What if the nurses don’t look for dilated eyes or slowed breathing? I do not want to insult the hospital like they don’t know what they are doing and the patient has the only right to say what is needed. Right or wrong?

SB
11:54 am January 6th, 2016

I have multiple pain issues. RSDS aka CRPS, severe arthritis in lower spine & both knees, torn rotator cuff & ruptured discs in my lower spine. Not a candidate for surgery, no cure for RSDS/CRPS. diag w/the RSDS/CRPS 17.5 yrs ago. I’ve had 20/25+ spinal blocks, etc. I don’t smoke, drink and never used illegal drugs. I was on lyrica on/off from 2010-2015. weaned myself off it after many side effects incl an allergic response. for almost 2 yrs now (since starting current pain mgmt dr), I’ve been on either morphine, OxyContin or dilaudid (sp). they’ve been rotated as they wear off and are no longer effective. this has ranged from 3-6 months. recently it lasted from less than 3 mos. went to dr to switch again. this time back to morphine from OxyContin since dilaudid seemed to be very ineffective. dr asked for symptoms. said that they took approx 3 hrs to take effect w/about 2 hrs of relief. this is w/a dosage of 15mg x 3 daily of IR tabs. same for the current morphine. I asked if dosage could be increased as well to 60mg IR per 24 hrs as well. he said no, that wasn’t my problem. I cannot recall the medical term he used, but that basically my body has stopped responding to the opiates. I asked what then? he explained that I’d have to be weaned off the meds & then stay off of them for 2 mos to reset my body so they’d be effective again. I actually hate taking them. I must take several other medications as a result of the side effects I suffer from as a result of the opiates. a few months ago I spent a month in co w/family. I decided to try high cbd medical marijuana. I weaned myself to 1/2 tab every 12 hrs and the medical marijuana the rest of the time. approx 10mg every 4-6 hrs. and it worked. and the side effects went away as well. I then had to slowly increase uptake back to the 45mg since I had to go back home. where there’s no medical marijuana nor legal recreational. so, here’s my question & dilemma: I cannot function w/o pain relief. period. it’s chronic & severe. esp not for 2 whole months. this state currently approved medical marijuana of which I’m certain I’ll be eligible under the neuropathy/chronic pain category. but you must have a dr that’s part of the program that’s been treating you aka your own dr. discovered on mon that mine is not & is retiring the end of Feb. there’s no list avail of dr’s that’ll be in the program. the practice taking over isn’t going to prescribe it either. no telling how long till I find a new dr that also accepts my ins & new pts. so, my only option is to use alcohol abd basically self medicate during those 2 mos. how do I effectively go ahead & start weaning myself off the morphine now (vs waiting till end of jan) while combining w/a dose of alcohol that will not cause an overdose? any feedback is appreciated, thanks

PS: I also went thru a summer of hell in 2014 while my pain mgmt dr tried other pain medications. I had an OD effect after about an hr when trying the fentanyl patch. next was butrans patch. started having an adverse reaction at the 25-26 hr mark. I cannot tolerate ER version of any of the opiates. there are a couple of others I cannot remember the names of but same thing – either an allergic reaction or side effects that indicated an intolerance bordering on allergies. considering I have gerd and diag w/severe esophageal erosion in the fall of 2013 – the thought of using alveoli for pain relief actually makes me ill. I have no idea what else to do tho – I’m simply at my wits end re pain relief. to make matters worse, anyone that suffers from RSDS/CRPS; their pain is exacerbated by stress. stress literally turns into physical pain. you can imagine my stress levels w/current pain & the upcoming pain nightmare I’m about to plunge headfirst into… ;( *thought of using alcohol #ugh

Tom
6:29 am January 7th, 2016

I was writing to inquire about overdosing on morphine. Approximately how much morphine would need to be administered intravenously to someone who has a very high tolerence (240mg/day) to cause a fatal overdose?

Joe
11:27 pm January 7th, 2016

I have no idea i would also like to know

MJ
8:59 pm January 12th, 2016

Just yesterday, my father in law passed away in the hospital bed. That day, the doctors had given him about 48 hours to live. My sister in law asked to give him morphine. Within less than an hour upon administering morphine, my father in law was pronounced dead. Could morphine increased the duration of his dying? Please advise, I am thinking about filing suit.

Ruthy
8:39 am January 13th, 2016

What would happen if you take 90 pills of 100mg of morphine sulfate

Julienne
4:05 am January 14th, 2016

I take 15 mg of ms contin for a severe spinal disease and have available to me 2 mg pills of dilaudid to take as I need…I have scores of them…I also have a complex PTSD which my retiring psyciatrist of 20 years prescribed 10 mg diazepam 2x a day and .5 mg clonazepam 2x a day. I am so triggered from his retirement that I admit using much more of the benzodiazepines lately to just sleep….I’ve added the dilaudid, not to get high but it’s like I must sleep now before I feel like I will overdose…I have also recently bought benadryl to sleep. Ive been using all of these – about 4x the amount of benzos to try to sleep. What would be a lethal dose? I truly do not want to die but I have to sleep or I am afraid I will keep taking more

Heartbroken
9:16 pm January 14th, 2016

My beautiful friend of 19 years overdosed on this
Drug and died. She was a kind warm hearted giving smart 46 year old woman who had just gotten her master’s degree. Her family and friends would give anything to see her smile just one more time.

cristalene
1:40 pm January 15th, 2016

Hey Good day im cristalene
My grandmother did get 2 injections of morphine and the doctor prescribe that on paper.Now she is weak,naurciss and very bad appetite does not want to eat because she always has that weak and auwfull vomiting feeling..her mouth is red looks like infection and she dont sleep well.have a cold fever for one day that we have to take her to hospital..Can u please assist me what should we do..

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:42 pm January 15th, 2016

Hi, Heartbroken. I’m really sorry for your loss…Stay strong!

Bill
11:08 pm January 15th, 2016

I’ve been on tramadol for about 8 -9 years, recently I was prescribed morphine quick release, 15mg twice a day.
I’ve been taking more and more over the last few months. Today I took 6 pills over the course of the day. Kind of not realizing it.
I figure I’ll be ok given my history of synthetic opioids, anti depressants.

Nicholas
5:04 am January 17th, 2016

I have lost everything and now am losing the home I designed. I was abused severely as a child and have never found any one who really loved me. I just finished watching “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and want to kill myself in the house I had built. Maybe I can haunt it and find love in the afterlife. I am on numerous anti-depressants. I want to know how much morphine sulfate I would have to take to die. Would a combination of morphine with the anti-depressants cause death faster. I want to die easy and not suffer. I suffered too much alive and don’t want to take any suffering in death. Can someone give me the information I need. Thank You and God Bless.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:18 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, Bill. If you don’t feel well, call 911 ASAP, or ask a friend to take you into hospital.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:29 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, Cristalene. I suggest you to take your grandmother into hospital, or call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:44 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, Ruthy. That’s a really huge dose. I suggest you not to.

joe
10:08 pm January 18th, 2016

so what is a fatal dose?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:14 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, Joe. We’re here to help you, not to give fatal dosages (which vary from person to person).

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:49 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, Julienne. I suggest you consult your doctor or a pharmacist about your concerns. Please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and you put yourself at risk.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:55 pm January 18th, 2016

Hi, MJ. I’m really sorry for your loss…I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response.

Ever
12:10 am January 23rd, 2016

Could a diabetic with a Kidney infection go into respitory shock when given 4mg of morphine for pain?

roy
12:28 am January 23rd, 2016

what would be the side effects on the body from long term morphine use prescribed by my gp over 20 years

Gayle
1:14 am January 23rd, 2016

I have suffered thru 3 back surgies in2014, including slipped lumbar vertabrre 4, 5. Then 1 – 5. Then rehab released me too soon after surgery #2, without Neurosurgeon’s permission. Surgeon had to rip out all previous hardware each time, warning me each time it would be the most painful surgery I would ever have (after the surgeries). He also stated after surgery #3, where I had broken my back, that it was the WORST BROKEN BACK he had ever worked on, & explained why. I would suffer years of pain & healing, I did get a 2nd opinion, who wanted to operate imediately. My surgeon was considered one of the All my best to you, gayle in the country. Sorry for the long preamble, but it necessary.

I have been on 30mg morphine for approximately June 2014 thru now, Jan, 2016. Also using 75mcg Fentamyl every 3 days. Also taking Valium5mg 3x/for back spasms. Am I taking too much pain medication? But w/out it, the pain is extenuating, because I’ve tried.

How much morphine would it take to overdose & die, consideringy my pain level history?

Thank you for any help, gayle

Carl
4:05 am January 24th, 2016

for those of you helping a loved one to reduce the amount of morphine they take every day for pain, encourage you to stick with it. Now my mom takes 15 milligrams a day (extended release.) we use other methods to try to reduce pain. she still take some less risky pain medications as needed. overall it’s been a lot better quality of life. too much morphine is just awful to deal with. I wish everyone the best as they struggle to get morphine in control.

robert
3:30 pm January 24th, 2016

How much oramorth can I take been prescribed 2.5ml 5mg am also taking tramadol paracetamol for chronic pain with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. The pain and other symptoms are making my life intolerable I want to end it

Michelle
5:06 pm January 26th, 2016

My 13 yr old daughter recently received morphine, on top of other drugs at the ER due to a car accident we were in. When we were sent home she could not walk, was sweating, wanted to vomit, couldn’t feel her legs/arms and ears were ringing. The ER said this was “normal” and sent us home. Half hour of being home she started to have these violent looking attacks – rolling around the floor, eyes rolling in head, crying, hyper ventilating, etc. etc. Dr said to bring her back to ER immediately to get an IV flush. ER did not but gave her another shot in the leg to “reverse the effects.” After 5 hours we were sent home because she could walk. Next 2 days – severe attacks. Went to another ER where she was almost sent to a children’s psych hospital. I know my daughter and did not allow admission. Dr say morphine was out of her system and this could not be a side effect. My friend says it could last 3 – 5 days, in which it did – 3 days later she’s fine. Has anyone heard of these reactions?

Jane
8:20 pm January 28th, 2016

I am terrified and can not find anything online at all plz help me last night (this morning I had a very large whisky and bottle beer. And I took around 100ml of oramorph and I have no idea how long it will take till I start feeling ok or the other option which I do not want to die but I don’t know if iv taken enough for that or how long it would take till I know I’m ok please help me

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:00 am January 29th, 2016

Hi, Jane. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next. If you still don’t fell well, call 911 ASAP.

LD
10:33 pm January 29th, 2016

A drug test showed the following levels: Could these be interpreted as close to overdoes levels?

Heroin 16 ng/ml
Morphine 13250 ng/ml

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:59 pm February 2nd, 2016

Hi, LD. I suggest you you speak with a toxicologist or another medical professional about your concerns.

Tina
1:30 am February 5th, 2016

I have been using Oramorph for over 10 years, I have osteoporosis and fibromyalgia, the morphine really doesn’t do anything for the pain any more and when I explain this to my doctor he tells me to take more morphine, he has said I can take upto 100ml a day, is he trying to harm me, also what are the effects of taken morphine over many years

willow
7:17 am February 9th, 2016

Hi I took 1 of my husbands Morphine tablet by accident 50mg as I thought it was Tramadol and it is making feel quite ill I am not vomiting all the time but I am feelining dizzy and fell like passing out when I lay down I feel ok do I need to go to the hospital.I do not feel well at all.

Aziz
2:13 am February 13th, 2016

Patient has taken 10 mg MST at 11pm and then by mistake 2.5 ml liquid morphine at 11.30 pm….please advice

Jodi
5:00 am February 15th, 2016

I’m concerned about a friend who is prescribed 200mg time release morphine and 3o mg quick release
Up to 4 times a day. He had a broken neck 3o year’s ago and has fusion in neck. This amount seems crazy to me for his issues. I have been trying to read about max doses for extended release morphine? I would appreciate feedback. Thank you

Ronnie
7:43 am February 15th, 2016

I’ve been suffering chronic pain since 2001. I was shocked reading anything above 200mg. can be dangerous. I didn’t start this high but after a long time my doses are 300mg MS Contin er & 120mg of MS. Contin ir. Also I used cannabis daily but my pain center won’t continue my scripts unless I stop. Now you have some background and my question is my Dr.s are afraid to raise my dose of meds but after the same dose for over 10yrs my pain levels are bad and now without cannabis my blood pressure is very high and my insides are at a crawl even with OIC meds .I am struggling with thoughts of overdosing but I’m afraid to ask for help for fear of taking my meds away. My pain levels are already bad but the thought of jumping threw hoops to gets my meds back seem more scary than just taking my whole bottle of meds at once and the pain center is already afraid of raising my meds any higher. What am I going to do ? Do I try another pain center or will I finally give up and OD ?

CM
9:35 am February 15th, 2016

I find this all very hard to believe because I had a friend who very recently took 100 of the 60mg morphines in a suicide attempt and she did not die as a result.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:23 pm February 15th, 2016

Hi, Aziz. If the patient doesn’t feel well, call 911 ASAP.

Kay
5:14 pm February 16th, 2016

I may have accidentally taken my daily morphine dosage of 70 mg. morphime sulphate ER (24 hours) wice about 2.5 hours ago. My only symptom is mild itching of my scalp, but extreme itching was a symptom of too morphine once 15 years ago. I am 66 years old, 5′ 7″ tall and weigh 172 pounds. My blood pressure is normal.

My count of capsules indicates that I did not accidentally take twice my dosage, based on the day my prescription was filled. However, I am not certain whether I began thie taper to 70 mg on the day the prescription was filled or the day after. If I began the taper the day after then I accidentally took a double dose.

I do not want to go to the ER! Can I wait to see if other symptoms develop, or must I fight traffic and go now?

Kay

Lisa
7:10 pm February 16th, 2016

I have been prescribed 20 mg of morphine every 12 hours. I have been taking vicodin for 7 years and percocet for a year. If i take an extra 20 mg tablet of morphine during the day will this cause od? I took one at 9am and it hasnt touched the pain. Can i safely take another in the afternoon and then at bedtime? Also is it safe to take 1mg 3x day of xanax? I asked my doc yesterday and he saud wait a few hours after the morphinr and never take together but it was my call. I didnt think the 2 could b taken together at al due to possible breathing suppression.

Im sorry.i forgot to mention i also have CHF w an ejection fraction of 20……and my 20 mg of morphine are extended release. I was also given vicodin 10mg as needed for breakthru pain which i ran out of. Im switching to a REAL pain mgmt doc next monday. What im on now isnt working. Been on opiates for 8 YEARS now. Thank u

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:39 pm February 16th, 2016

Hi, Kay. I suggest you that you don’t wait until your situation get worse. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

Al
12:47 am February 18th, 2016

On Hospice my mom was getting a form of Morphine they said a low dose of 5 mg q 2-4 or 6 hrs prn. But is this drug premeasured in a vial or could she have gotten an OD…after given naxolene she did not recover but other disease issues were active Metastatic Cancer of uterus and liver, idney failure, internal bleeding, low hemoglobin so Would her heart had been affected if an OD

5:00 pm February 25th, 2016

Hi Al. In the article above we have listed all possible side effects from a morphine overdose. But, it doesn’t have to mean that a person who has taken too much has to display every single one. So, her heart may not have been damaged, but an OD could have happened. Was she taken to a hospital?

Linda
10:38 am February 28th, 2016

I’m allergic to morphine. Currently being treated with dilaudid orally for cancer. Would 300mg dose be lethal?

Jeff
1:55 pm March 7th, 2016

My friend somehow by mistake I guess. Took 45 pills, 8mg, yesterday over three hours about noon. 15 each hour. It’s six am now. So about 18 hrs has went by. He has been on them, 8mg every four hours for over 5 years. He had a stroke, paralyzed in a wheelchair now, lost his wife of 32 years to breast cancer last year, etc. their big white fluffy persian cat died three months before she did, and his mother died three months after his wife died. I guess he can’t handle the pain of losing his wife, and doesn’t really see a point in going on. So that might be some of the difficulties he has.

Nathan
2:28 pm March 16th, 2016

I believe the deaths attributed to MS Contin are always spoken as a percentage of more relaxing forms of the opiate rather than forms that can’t be extrapolated for recreational purposes. Some vigilantes have not made the distinction and leave long term pain patients hung out to dry. My insurance company has made the mov on my prescriptions, meaning I will be a nervous wreck and possibly have thoughts against self preservation for the first time in 15 years. How would you like public outcry to effect your prescription should you need it? There are a lot of self righteous folks because their health history has not been maligned.

Judy
12:27 am March 30th, 2016

I was in a auto accident and later during the night had a horrible head trauma that a ambulance was called. I was given do much morphine that I was transferred in a coma to a larger hospital and Dr. Said when I was ou t of the coma 3 days Katerina I was given 3 times as much as was should have been given. Could I have died?

Janet
5:45 pm March 31st, 2016

My son died 9/8/2014 from morphine and I cannot bring him back but I am still broken wondering if he suffered or knew he was dying but couldn’t move or yell for help….it haunts me now for almost two years to think he may have wanted help but couldn’t move. Nobody will give me a answer which makes it worse…any information good or bad I need to know or I think it will drive me insane. morphine total was 3724 ng/ml I don”t know how much that is but it was given to him by the guy who lives across the street.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:54 pm April 6th, 2016

Hi Janet. I’m really sorry for your loss… I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns. I wish your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Carl
9:08 pm April 8th, 2016

I have been taking 20mg morphine for Chronic Sciatic Pain caused by a bulging disc, Unfortunately I have permanent Nerve Damage. However I was trying to reduce the amount of Morphine SR I take and increase other Nerve Pain drugs.

Was prescribed 10mg to help reduce but pharmacist dispensed 100mg. I didn’t read the box or label and took it as usual and the effects were terrible. Constant itching, sweating, freezing, nerve twitches, sleeping whilst at work, I did drive home that day and luckily didn’t kill anyone.

I cannot believe how these controlled drugs can be dispensed incorrectly; it just shows how much we trust our medical professionals but I will ALWAYS be checking my medication from now on and recommend everyone do the same as mistakes and luckily mine wasn’t lethal, but they do happen!

Kurtistyne
11:18 pm April 16th, 2016

Friend alledgly has taken up to 120 morphine pills at 20 mg what is her possible outcome? She has been in the ICU for 3 days now

Tamara
4:24 pm April 22nd, 2016

I have brought some 10mg/5ml morphine oral solution to get me through till my appointment to get my methadone 1mg/1ml oral solution so if I was taking 60 mls per day of methadone how much of the morphine do I need to take to stop myself from withdrawal symptoms

4:38 pm April 22nd, 2016

Hi Tamara. I suggest you speak with your doctor or a pharmacist about your dosage.

eve
11:27 pm April 23rd, 2016

Taken almost 100mg of morphine sulphate drunk most of bottle. Do I need to go to a&e or can I sleep it off.

Jerrilyn
2:46 pm April 24th, 2016

I am a 35 year old female weighing 190 lbs. I want to what is the dosage amount of morphine that a emt should administer to a patient in the ambulance while going to the hospital?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:24 am April 25th, 2016

Hi Eve. If you don’t feel well, call 911 ASAP.

Skittlz
5:47 am April 27th, 2016

I’ve been on Percocet 10/325. And 7.5/325, let alone k56 OxyCodone.. I’ve got sum morphine 30s and took about two and snorted two over the last two days.. Is that a lot? Idk anything bout morphine.. I’m about 6′ 130lbs

Heather
1:25 am May 5th, 2016

im taking fast acting morihpine 15mg. Can I take 30mg long acting instead?

Nik
3:27 am May 12th, 2016

Hi there. I’m off work with a sore back (bad) and was given only 5 mg tabs of morphine sulfate. Says take 1-2 every 4 hrs. I’ve taken two and its not helping. Is it safe to take another 2 before the 4 hrs..more like an hour? I’ve been on them a week now. Seems pretty harmless.

Lorie
1:06 am May 13th, 2016

My son died in a car accident on the autopsy report it said alprazolam 0.15 mg/l and free morphine 97 mcg/l was in his system. My guesting is would that have killed him?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:22 pm May 13th, 2016

Hi Lorie. I’m really sorry for your loss. I suggest you speak with a toxicologist or another expert to speak about your concerns.

Eileen
4:52 am May 19th, 2016

My son swallowed 16 of my 5 mg extended release pills today around noon PST. He is a 32 yo addict. His drugs of choice are marijuana and prescription pain pills. I have been watching him all day and he has been keeping busy doing things all day. He has been locked up in his bathroom for the past 1 1/2 hours saying he is cleaning and showering. I don’t know enough about overdosing on drugs and he never has overdosed. On Sunday he took 33 Oxycodone and then the Morphine today. Before Sunday he had not taken any narcotics for 4 1/2 months. What should I do?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:33 pm May 19th, 2016

Hi Eileen. If your son doesn’t feel well, call 911 ASAP.

Jessica
2:16 am May 31st, 2016

My mother in law is one of those people who medicine effects are much stronger than in a normal person. About 3 years ago she broke her hip and had a replacement put in at the hospital. We told the staff taking care of her about meds effecting her differently and told them to not give her any hard pain meds. They winded up giving her morphine and dilaudid at the same time threw her IV and kept giving to her with something to make her sleep until it took about 10 people in the emediat family to make them stop giving it to her. Since then she has not been the same person and has only been getting worse. One day she’s OK then next she literally flips out on whoever she’s around over absolutely nothing that she thinks is something or she will forget things and get very mad and lash out throwing things and cursing and screaming at her loved ones. She says things that make no since and then the next minute she’s OK again for a little bit. She is now 80 years old and we don’t know what to do for her. She has been put on depression meds and anxiety meds and switched meds and took off meds and we’re running out of things to do. Please help!! We want to know if it’s possible the hospital messed her up extremely over a long time with the mixed meds they gave her. Also while she was on the meds at the hospital she was seeing things that weren’t there talking to things and people not really there and thinking she was in different places or at different ages in her life and she honestly believed every second of what she was experiencing. Someone please help us find out what’s wrong with her!!

Paul
2:02 pm June 1st, 2016

I take 240 mg of zormorph per day I’m amazed I could potentially get up to a lot bigger dose . What is 3 grams In mg? . That is a crazy amount to be taking .

Sean
12:25 pm June 6th, 2016

This is a old thread so not sure if anyone will see or read this. I am in my 40s, 6″6 310lbs. I have really bad back issues and also have ptsd and suffer from depression. I take the following meds from my Dr’s. Back Dr has me on 15mg of morphine 3 times a day, oxicodone 10mg 2 times a day and flexeral 10mg : pychatris has me on 300mg of wellbutrin once a day and 10mg of ambien at night and 8mg of rosziam at bed also. So here is my story. May 30th 2016 i took my wellbutrin and my pain meds and decided to take a shower. My wife went to work and my 3 daughters (13,15, and 17 ) was doing there thing. My oldest told me she was going to the park for awhile before i jumped in. She came home 2 hours later to find me kinda half awake and half out of it. The following part I dont know the order it happened due to I have very little memory of any of this. My daughter called my wife who rushed home. I guess my oldest called 911 and my wife got there first to dress me. I am told I fell and hit my face on the toliet and banged up my legs and arms ( no pain or bruises on face ). I guess when 911 got there They had to use 2 narco shots to get me stable and then something right after cause BP went to 178 over 135 which I guess is bad. Got to hoslital and this is the only part I remember. They said they was keeping me and I said no I am going home and started to get up and they decided to restrain me which was a bad idea. It took 13 security gaurds and 2 Dr’s to do this in which here is where I lost memory again. I was told I broke a strap. From the point of 911 being called and the point they got me to ICU that I said some hurtful things to my daughter and wife. I was told i told my daughter she should have let me die and a few other things and called my wife some not to nice names..I woke up either tuesday or wensday,again still no memories so not sure the day. I just know when I woke up I signed out against Dr’s advice (BP was why they wanted me to stay cause it still was high). I didnt know I said anything hurtful to anyone til me, my wife and oldest were in a heated discussions about something she did whe she dropped the news to me that she was hurt and offended about the things I said to her. I dont remember any of it so I looked losted and told her I was sorry and dont member it and didnt mean it, in which she said she wont ever forget what I said and even know I dont remember she feels I said it no matter what and wont forgive me. Then the Dr told my wife that he dont know why I am taken wellbutrin and pains meds because wellbutrin has a side affect of memory loss and they think I might have took that and my normal dose of pain meds and forgot and ended up taken another dose.Iaint gonna lie sometime my back hurts so bad that I take 2 of the morphine which is 30mg, so if the cases happened like the Dr said I would have ended up taken a total of 4 or 5 morphine totaling 60-75mg with in a 3 hour span. Today being sunday/monday me and the wife was having a small heat talk when she drop on me that she thinks I am unhappy with her and what I said and called her she thinks I truely meant which in no where the case because I love them both and would never say that normally. So to end my story the hospital marked it as an accidental overdose. So to all I would say watch what you are mixing and pay close mind to what you take because the EMT’S told my wife if they would have called any longer and I would have either went into a coma or died. I have since made a wellness check up with my Dr, an appointment with my pain med Dr and my pychatris to talk about all this meds and what should and should be mixed. I am sorry for the people who lost faimly to any of these ODs because I can say first hand its not good. I know this wont put your minds at ease with what I am about to sayand not trying to offend or hurt anyone but if you ever wondered if they suffered any pain I can tell you I didnt and if the EMT didnt make it I would have left the world with no pain at all. All my pains came the days following with all the bruises and twisted ankle and so on.. I can only hope my story helps people!! If anyone reads this I wanna say thanks for reading my story..

Angela
4:41 am June 9th, 2016

Ok well first question 1.how long does morphine stay in your system? 2. i took120 mg of morphine and the next day im running into things and mainly itching really really bad almost like an allegic reaction to something its lasted all day ive taken benadril it helps but im itching with a metal scratcher for your back because i lost my wood one ive messed me up from scratching its unbearable im misrable and very itchy? 3. I feel i od’ed because of this day of uncontrolable itching i didnt know you could itch this bad what are symtoms of od’ing? Please help me first question i want to know is because i have a drug test i think middle of next week. Thanks Angi

sharon
10:59 am June 11th, 2016

my pop had lung cancer he said he was alergic to morphine.the doc made me give him 3.5mls of morphine and he died that morning. he went in to like a coma and had deep breaths that had a puase evey 5 seconds. and hes on temazepam 10mg pills and he had one that night with the morphine???

Ryan
8:38 pm June 12th, 2016

Ive had three major breaks and 4 surgeries in the lsst, roughly, 4 years, in addition tosome long term pain from other things, i.e. cancer, phantom pain from orchiectomy. Been on opiates most of these recent times but weening down on my own. 15mg morphine xr and 15 mg oxy.

Question is this: also have bad chronic obstructive sleep apnea and have been known to sleep walk, sleep eat, sleep break 4 bones in my ankle and foot…think you get the idea. Even awake ive got many (more than half) dead nerves to the aforementioned foot/ankle causing falls, heavily complicating the healing of another (c2-3) cervical fusion i revently had. Had others in the past.

Now, sometimes I’ll wake to extreme, like close to a 9, pain with the pills right there. How many of the morphine xr’s would be in the danger region. Id imagine that since they come on much slower than the oxy’s they’d be safer. I want to be able to take a large enough dose in extreme times but keep the bulk somewhere else so i dont ‘sleep-take’ some non-minded ammount. Thanks for any advice,

Ryan

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:09 pm June 16th, 2016

Hi Sharon. I’m really sorry for your loss… I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response. I wish you peace in this time of loss.

Suzanne
7:08 am June 20th, 2016

I’m taking morphine sulf 15 mg ER tabs. I guess it’s generic for MS Contin 15 mg tabs. Dose, 60 per month. My 21 year old took an entire bottle of MS Contin and 30 2mg Lorazepam. He was very sick for days but the doc said it wasn’t enough to cause any significant damage or death. 2nd opinion? Is this true?

Lizzy
5:50 am June 29th, 2016

my friend is on the phone her husband has taken 100mg of morphine 30 mg tablets over a 17 hour period of time has eaten does not seem to be in distress bp 110/68 resp 18 skin is not clammy dry to touch can carry on conversation words not slurred temp 98.1 He was just in a lot of back pain and did not want to go to ED Has taken 2 8oomg Naproxen sodium wants to take another 2 (should I let him)? Is not dizzy when he stands (we will not let him drive) I am a Medical Assistant in a Dr. office but I can’t call him he knows my friend

Lizz
10:15 pm July 14th, 2016

Suzanne I am 18 and took 8 1mg tabs of lorazepam the hospital was so concerned avout me that I had to go tothe ICU for 3 days.

JP
8:06 am July 28th, 2016

I am prescribed to 180 IR morphine and 180 ER Morphine daily from a pain management doctor…. I have a torn up back L3 to S1 disks are gone….. However when I take Methadone I do not get a high feeling at all only really really tired …. why is it doing this because my doctor just took me off of the ER morphine and put me on 90 MG of methadone a day along with the IR morphine still….. I also am prescribed to 6 mg of klonazepam daily

Don
12:21 pm August 8th, 2016

I takeMorphgesic SR 30mg slow release twice a day along with 100mg tramadol tablets 8 per day what would be my limit be before I over dosed as sometimes the pain is quite svere and afraid I would take too much

Dot Jane
9:13 pm August 17th, 2016

My dear sister accidentally died of multiple drug intoxication but the level of her extended release morphine was enough to kill her without the other medications all prescribed to her in her system. She suffered from chronic pain her entire adult life so was on some heavy duty pain medications including oxycodone and morphine. My greatest fear occurred when she passed away from an overdose. Oh how I miss her and just want to tell those who are in my dear little sisters circumstances of chronic pain who take medication for pain to take precaution and beware of taking more than prescribed by your Doctor. I know it was accidental and she needed pain relief but I also believe she became an addict and the addiction was escalating until the night she stopped breathing because of the overdose. Everyone loved her and she had such a sense of humor and how I wish I could go back in time and tell her what I knew in my heart but was too afraid to say out loud that I was so scared she might overdose and leave us. I miss you my sweet sister and think of you every minute of every day.

7:40 pm August 22nd, 2016

I am so sorry about your loss Dot Jane. I hope that sharing the story has helped you and will help others.

Mia
2:20 am August 29th, 2016

I just took four 2mg hydromorphine the little orange pills for back pain to get high.it worked but i was sweaty and i could barley walk. I felt sick all night and my breathing seemed a bit wired. It was a stupid idea and will never do it again. I have throwen up 5-6 times today and still feel a bit sick. But am able to walk and breath normaly. What should i do ? Will it pass through my system in a few days or do i need help.

Linda
12:31 pm September 26th, 2016

I had a bad what I can only describe as a psychotic experience where i was there but not aware and it involved my head being smashed off my microwave cooker and then I couldnt get back to the room I was originally in. I am pretty sure I did not take 2 doses of sr morphine but was wondering if this experience could have been a reaction as I am terrified of this incident happening again. This was four days ago and my head is still sore

Sylvie
6:48 pm October 2nd, 2016

Hi

How long does the effects of an morphine overdose take to workout and for a patient to recover.
My borther took an overdose on Tuesday Night and is still not responding well.
The received dailises as they were worried about his kidneys and stopped for now to observe him as he passes urine to see if his kidneys is functioning as supposed.
As per the person who fund him he first took half a bottle of Vodca and the 40 Morphine Tablets according to him 1200mg is that possible as I don’t know if their is morphine that is so strong.
All we know is if it was 10 minutes later he would have been gone. I am picking up some memory loss as he can not remember what he told you awhile before and reacts strangely.
Trying to get info from the doctors but he is in an State Hospital and you never see the Doctors to actually get information. Know that he had professional visit but once as it was his first time. Can somebody please tell us cause it has been a week know.

Sue
10:32 pm October 12th, 2016

hi my sister overdosed on morphine last week she is a very frail female which has had 2 brain anderums to her head she has 2 shunts in her skull and has abused drugs all her life.l feel she did not know what she is done she was almost 4 days in I.C.U. my question is will this accour again and will her body need this drug all the time now that this has happened.very concerned sister Thank YOU

Rachel
6:20 am October 16th, 2016

My mom recently overdosed on morphine the coroner said she had 1300 nanograms per ml in her body what does that mean?? The morphing she got from a man on his death bed with cancer

Jeanette
3:56 pm October 16th, 2016

I know that my Mom had a normal heart until given morphine for surgery knee replacement. Every time she touched that pump her heart rate increased to the point of being placed in ICU. My Aunt had it now deceased. Three days ago my Cousin couldn’t breathe. Taking using patches 25mg. Taken to hodp for diff. Breathing and pain Dead. My husband’s 1st wife had no heart problem until given morphine after surgery.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:17 am October 18th, 2016

Hi Rachel. I am truly sorry for your loss. I’d suggest that you speak with a coroner, a toxicologist or another professional about your concerns. Wish you peace in these hard times…

Karla
10:27 pm October 20th, 2016

So if a 49 year old, 280 lb 6’2″ male who had no access to morphine and never had any reason to take morphine. But had taken Naltrexone( that was given to him for alcohol related reasons and was left on it from August to the following July without any monthly bloodwork and then suddenly taken off of Naltrexone one month before he dies) suddenly dies and the autopsy shows that the cause of death was Toxic effects of Morphine . And the autopsy shows that Blood (heart ) shows morphine 0.07mg/L, Blood (femoral) 0.05mg/L, Brain <0.10mg/L
How can that be possible when there is such an extremely small about of morphine that a person would died from

psttie
6:55 pm October 23rd, 2016

I’m on morphine er 25 mg. I forgot i took my morning one i took one today at about. 1Oam and just took another thinking i forgot to take my first dose..my husband said no you already took it obviously it was too late..i differ from anxiety and panic attacks :(thinking some bad was gonna happen ii took a .5 xansx….am i gonna be ok?

Nidia
12:11 am October 30th, 2016

I am concerned because my husband was under pain medication..vicodin and for several days various medications as well, he upon arriving at the ER he was given morphine too…he want into cardiac arrest for two hours..he is alive but has an anoxic brain injury because of this…I am thinking that due to the mixture of medications is what caused this because they are saying was anaphalactic shock…which I donot believe…I think it was an overdose of sorts due to too much medication being given…he walked into the ER completely healthy and now is disabled with a brain injury…just want to know how this could happen…please respond..thank you

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:40 pm November 1st, 2016

Hi Karla. I’m really sorry for your loss… I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist, a coroner or another professional about your concerns.

Anna
4:52 am November 5th, 2016

Mophine given 2hrs after Tylenol..to apatient 95. Pstient been sleeping for 24hrs is that a bad sign.plus patients has one good kindney. An pstient is a Dialysis. An patient cannot wake fully up. Is there an harm. To her she is is in the hospital. .just a family member.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:12 pm November 8th, 2016

Hi Anna. I suggest that you speak with a doctor about your concerns.

Katie
10:46 pm November 15th, 2016

Am I ok if I’ve had my usual 10mls of oramorph and then had another 20mls on top of that?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:07 pm November 17th, 2016

Hi Katie. I suggest that you speak with your doctor for any changes you want to make with your medication.

veronika
11:44 pm November 21st, 2016

I take 30 mg of morphine a day how much should I take to commit sucide I am no longer wanting to live

Lisa
5:54 am November 27th, 2016

My mom recently passed away after a trip to the er. She was in stage 4 Liver cancer, after she collapsed one night, they took her to the hospital,where she received 40my of morphine. This was on top of Tylenol pm and hydrocodone. Could that have caused her death or attributed to it. She had been up and had eaten and showered the day before she passed.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:42 pm November 29th, 2016

Hi Lisa.I’m really sorry for your loss.. I’s suggest that you speak with a coroner or another professional about your concern.

Jennifer
6:15 am November 30th, 2016

I’m on 150mg palexia and 10 mg ms contin.. I also take 300 mg lyrica and valium 5mg… Both tabs to be taken twice daily… I have no appetite.. I don’t drink.. But if I took 4 palexia the other day and 3 lyrica and 4 ms contin… Shouldn’t I be in strife… Also my son passed away recently.. I’m losing my shit..I know I need help but I don’t want to be a burden or be on these drugs forever.ive already been on them far to long

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