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Morphine Withdrawal

Morphine is a narcotic analgesic. Morphine was first isolated from opium in 1805 by a German pharmacist, Wilhelm Sertürner. Sertürner described it as the Principium Somniferum. He named it morphium - after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. Today Morphine is isolated from opium in substantially larger quantities, over 1000 tons per year, although most commercial opium is converted into codeine by methylation. On the illicit market, opium gum is filtered into Morphine base and then synthesized into heroin.

Morphine addiction develops very rapidly when an individual continues to abuse Morphine. Morphine's addictive nature activates the brain's reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to continually crave Morphine and to focus his or her activities around taking Morphine. The ability of Morphine to strongly activate the brain's reward mechanisms and its ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems is what produces Morphine addiction. Morphine also reduces a person's level of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.

Morphine addiction withdrawal symptoms reach their peak intensity in 36 to 72 hours. Without treatment, Morphine addiction withdrawal symptoms run their course in 5 to 7 days, even though craving for Morphine may continue for months. Morphine crosses the placental barrier, causing babies born to Morphine-using mothers go through Morphine withdrawal.

Morphine addiction withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • restlessness
  • lacrimation
  • rhinorrhea
  • yawning
  • perspiration
  • goose bumps
  • restless sleep
  • dilated pupils
  • twitching and spasms of muscles
  • kicking movements
  • severe aches in the back, abdomen, and legs
  • abdominal and muscle cramps
  • hot and cold flashes
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • coryza
  • severe sneezing
  • increases in body temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate

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  • Drug Facts
  • Methadone, a drug commonly used to help treat heroin addicts, is now itself being abused, the New York Times reports.
  • Contrary to popular belief methadone is a highly addictive drug. Abusers will often combine methadone with other drugs, such as Klonepin, in order to intensify the high and make it resemble the feelings they get from heroin.
  • Using morphine breaks down ligaments, tendons, and cartilage in the body.
  • Chronic users may also become psychologically and physically dependent to morphine.
  • Methadone was initially used as a painkiller by the Germans during World War II.