General Information on Dosing With Morphine Sulfate ER
Some considerations for people taking morphine sulfate ER
include the following:
- The medication comes in the form of extended-release tablets or capsules. It is taken by mouth, usually every 8, 12, or 24 hours (depending on the particular product), around the clock. It is not meant to be taken "as needed" (at unscheduled times only when needed for pain). Avinza is taken every 24 hours, Kadian is taken every 12 or 24 hours, and Oramorph SR and MS Contin are both taken every 8 or 12 hours.
- It does not matter if you take the medication with food or on an empty stomach. If morphine sulfate ER bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Never crush, chew, or dissolve the tablets or capsules, as this would release a dangerous amount of morphine. Also, never take a tablet or capsule that appears to be damaged in any way.
- For most morphine sulfate ER products, you must not consume any alcohol while on the medication, as this may cause the medication to release too much morphine too quickly.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Also, do not suddenly stop taking the medication, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than a few days.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your morphine sulfate ER dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.