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MORPHINE SULFATE LIPOSOMAL PF - INJECTION
(MOR-feen SUL-fate LYE-poe-SOE-mal)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Depodur
WARNING: Morphine has a high risk for abuse and severe, possibly fatal, breathing problems. The risk for harm is higher if you use the wrong dose/strength, or if you use it along with other drugs that might also affect breathing. Be sure you know how to use morphine and what other drugs you should avoid taking with it. The risk for breathing problems might also be higher when you start this medication and after a dose increase. Get immediate help if you notice unusual slow/shallow breathing.
Keep this medicine in a safe place to prevent theft, misuse, or abuse. If a child accidentally swallows this drug, get emergency medical help right away.
USES: This medication is used to treat pain after major surgery. It acts on certain centers in the brain to give you pain relief. This drug is a long-acting narcotic pain reliever (opiate-type).
This medication is approved only for single epidural use. Giving it by any other routes may lead to serious breathing problems (e.g., very slow and shallow breathing).
HOW TO USE: This drug should be given only by a trained healthcare professional. It is given by injection into the epidural space of the spine with a needle or through a catheter at the lower back (lumbar) level. It can be given before surgery or after clamping the umbilical cord during a cesarean section delivery.
If you have been using other pain medications before surgery, withdrawal reactions (e.g., anxiety, irritability, sweating, trouble sleeping, diarrhea) may occur. Report any such reactions to your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor if your pain persists or worsens.
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