CAS number 57-27-2
Before taking morphine,
* tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to morphine, any other
medications, or any of the inactive ingredients in the type of morphine
tablets, capsules, or liquid you plan to take. Ask your pharmacist for a
list of the inactive ingredients.
* tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription
medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are
taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following:
anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin ;antidepressants such as
amitriptyline , amoxapine, clomipramine , desipramine , doxepin
sedatives; sleeping pills; and tranquilizers. Also tell your doctor if you
are taking any of the following medications or if you have stopped taking
them within the past 2 weeks: monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, including
isocarboxazid phenelzine , procarbazine selegiline , and
tranylcypromine . Your doctor may need to change the doses of your
medications or monitor you more carefully for side effects.
* tell your doctor if you drink or have ever drunk large amounts of alcohol
and if you have ever had major surgery. Also tell your doctor if you have or
have ever had a head injury; a brain tumor; seizures; mental illness;
difficulty swallowing; lung disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease , or other breathing problems; prostatic hypertrophy
(enlargement of a male reproductive gland); urinary problems; low blood
pressure; irregular heartbeat; Addison's disease (condition in which the
body does not make enough of certain natural substances); or liver, kidney,
pancreatic, intestinal, or gallbladder disease.
* tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are
breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking morphine, call your
* if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or
dentist that you are taking morphine.
* you should know that this medication may make you drowsy. Do not drive a
car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
* talk to your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking
* you should know that morphine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and
fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. To avoid this
problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few
minutes before standing up.