What is Duramorph?Duramorph is a narcotic pain medicine that contains morphine. Duramorph is used to manage pain not relieved by non-narcotic painkillers. Duramorph is administered epidurally (into the epidural space), intrathecally (within the spinal canal), or intravenously (through a vein in your arm).
Duramorph is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.
What is the most important information I should know about Duramorph?Duramorph has abuse potential. Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of Duramorph when it is used improperly for long periods of time.
Duramorph can cause serious breathing problems that can become life-threatening, especially when it is used in the wrong way for long periods of time. Tell your doctor if you have any lung or breathing problems (such as asthma); your doctor will monitor you.
Duramorph can cause seizures. Tell your doctor if you have any seizure disorders. Also, Duramorph can reduce your blood pressure. This is more likely to happen if you have certain heart problems, or are taking other medications that can reduce your blood pressure or cause sedation.
Call your doctor or get emergency medical help immediately if you have breathing problems, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, or any other unusual symptoms. These can be symptoms of an overdose. Your dose of Duramorph may be too high for you. These symptoms may lead to serious problems or death if not treated right away.
Who should not take Duramorph?Your doctor will not administer Duramorph if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you are having an asthma attack, have severe asthma, trouble breathing, or other lung problems.
Your doctor will not administer Duramorph if you have certain conditions with low blood pressure or are taking other medications that can cause sedation.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Duramorph?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Duramorph. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have breathing problems; brain problems, head injury, or seizures; liver or kidney problems; heart problems or low blood pressure; history of or a present drug abuse or addiction problem; or a family history of drug abuse or addiction problem.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.
How should I take Duramorph?Your doctor will administer Duramorph to you.
What should I avoid while taking Duramorph?Do not miss your follow-up appointment with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Duramorph?If Duramorph is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Duramorph: alcohol, antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine), certain antipsychotic medications (such as haloperidol, olanzapine, or chlorpromazine), or other medications that slow down your brain function (such as alprazolam or phenobarbital).
What are the possible side effects of Duramorph?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: anxiety, breathing difficulties, confusion, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, irregular heartbeat, itching, local skin irritation, low blood pressure, nausea, seizures, urinary retention (inability to urinate normally), vomiting
Can I receive Duramorph if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Duramorph during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Duramorph?Duramorph should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.
How should I store Duramorph?Your doctor will store this medication for you.