- morphine sulfate
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Morphgesic SR 10mg, 30mg, 60mg and 100 mg Tablets
Package Leaflet : Information for the user
Morphgesic® SR 10 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg and 100 mg Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Morphgesic SR Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Morphgesic SR Tablets
3. How to take Morphgesic SR Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Morphgesic SR Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT MORPHGESIC SR TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Morphgesic SR Tablets. Morphgesic SR Tablets contain the active ingredient morphine sulphate which belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics and is used for pain relief.
Morphgesic SR Tablets are used to treat adults. Morphgesic SR Tablets act on the nervous system and muscles to give prolonged relief from severe pain for up to 12 hours.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE MORPHGESIC SR TABLETS
Do not take Morphgesic SR Tablets:
Morphgesic SR Tablets are not recommended for children.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse if you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Morphgesic SR Tablets:
If any of these apply to you, or if you are not sure, tell your doctor before taking Morphgesic SR Tablets.
Other medicines and Morphgesic SR Tablets
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Morphgesic SR Tablets must not be used together with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, or if you have taken this type of medicine in the last two weeks (see section ‘Do not take...’). Examples include tranylcypromide, phenelzine, isocarboxazid, moclobemide and linezolid.
This is especially important if you are taking any of the medicines mentioned below or medicines for:
Morphine may increase the effects of medicines used to control high blood pressure, relax muscles or act as tranquilisers.
Concomitant use of Morphgesic SR Tablets and sedative medicines such as benzodiazepines or related drugs increases the risk of drowsiness, difficulties in breathing (respiratory depression), coma and may be life-threatening.
Because of this, concomitant use should only be considered when other treatment options are not possible.
However if your doctor does prescribe Morphgesic SR Tablets together with sedative medicines the dose and duration of concomitant treatment should be limited by your doctor.
Please tell your doctor about all sedative medicines you are taking, and follow your doctor’s dose recommendation closely. It could be helpful to inform friends or relatives to be aware of the signs and symptoms stated above.
Contact your doctor when experiencing such symptoms.
Taking Morphgesic SR Tablets with food and drink
Do not drink alcohol while taking Morphgesic SR tablets, as the tablets can increase the effects of alcohol.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Do not take Morphgesic SR Tablets if you are, or think that you may be pregnant or if you are breast-feeding. If Morphgesic SR Tablets are used for a long time during pregnancy, there is a risk of the new-born child having drug withdrawal (abstinence) symptoms which should be treated by a doctor.
Driving and using machinery
Morphgesic SR Tablets may cause a number of side effects such as drowsiness, which could affect your ability to drive or use machinery (see section 4 for a full list of side effects). If you are affected you should not drive or use machinery.
The medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive while taking this medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Morphgesic SR Tablets
The colourant E110 is present in the 30 mg and 60 mg tablets. This may cause allergic reactions.
Tell your doctor before taking this medicine if you have been told that you have an intolerance to some sugars. This is because Morphgesic SR Tablets (except 100 mg tablets) contains a small amount of lactose, a type of sugar.
3. HOW TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE
Always take Morphgesic SR Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended starting dose is one or two 10 mg tablets twice daily. The total daily dose should be taken in two divided doses at 12 hourly intervals.
For instance, if you take a tablet at 8 o’clock in the morning, you should take your next tablet at 8 o’clock in the evening.
Swallow your tablets whole with water. Do not crush or chew them.
Your doctor may change your dose depending on your response and how severe your pain is.
Do not take more tablets than the doctor has told you.
If you take more Morphgesic SR Tablets than you should
Please be aware of the symptoms you may experience from taking too much of your Morphgesic SR medicine. These include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, confusion, cold and clammy skin, a weak pulse, slowed heart beat, shallow breathing, floppiness or fainting. People who have taken an overdose may get pneumonia from inhaling vomit or foreign matter, symptoms may include breathlessness, cough and fever.
People who have taken an overdose may also have breathing difficulties leading to unconsciousness or even death.
If you have taken too many Morphgesic SR tablets, contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department immediately. Take the container and any remaining tablets with you.
If you forget to take Morphgesic SR Tablets:
If you forget to take a dose, just take the next dose at the usual time, DO NOT take a double dose.
If you stop taking Morphgesic SR Tablets
Do not stop treatment with Morphgesic SR Tablets unless agreed with your doctor. If you want to stop the treatment with Morphgesic SR Tablets, ask your doctor how to slowly decrease the dosis so you avoid abstinence symptoms. Abstinence symptoms may include body aches, tremors, diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, flu-like symptoms, fast heartbeat and large pupils. Psychological symptoms include an intense feeling of unsatisfaction, anxiety and irritability.
How to stop taking your medicine:
You should not stop taking this medicine suddenly, particularly if you have been taking it for a long time. Your doctor will tell you when and how to stop taking the tablets, which will be gradually withdrawn so that you do not suffer from unnecessary side effects.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines Morphgesic SR Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Serious allergic reaction which causes difficulty in breathing or dizziness. All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although serious allergic reactions are uncommon. Tell your doctor immediately if you get experience sudden wheeziness, difficulties in breathing or dizziness, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching, especially those covering your whole body.
Sometimes Morphgesic SR Tablets can aggravate “spasm” (or contraction) of the bile duct (which is attached to the gall bladder) or ureter (which drains urine from the kidneys to the bladder).
These effects can lead to abdominal pain or difficulty in passing water.
If you notice:
stop taking this medicine and seek medical advice immediately. These may be signs of a condition called Paralytic Ileus (paralysis of the bowel).
The most common side effects of Morphgesic SR Tablets are:
Other side effects of Morphgesic SR Tablets may include:
Some of these effects are more common if you are mobile than if you are confined to bed.
Some people may become addicted or develop tolerance to this medicine when treatment continues for a long time.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE YOUR MEDICINE
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Do not use Morphgesic SR Tablets after the expiry date, which is stated on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of that month.
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Morphgesic SR Tablets contain
There are 4 different strengths (10 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg and 100 mg) of Morphgesic SR Tablets.
The active substance is morphine sulphate.
The other ingredients are lactose (except 100 mg tablets), povidone, hydroxyethylcellulose, talc, magnesium stearate, hypromellose (E464), macrogol and industrial methylated spirit 99%.
The different strength tablets also contain the following colourants:
10 mg Tablets: Titanium Dioxide (E171), Iron Oxide Yellow (E172) and Iron Oxide Red (E172).
30 mg Tablets: Titanium Dioxide (E171), Erythrosine (E127), Indigo Carmine (E132) and Sunset Yellow (E110).
60 mg Tablets: Titanium Dioxide (E171) and Sunset Yellow (E110).
100 mg Tablets: Titanium Dioxide (E171) and Iron Oxide Black (E172).
What Morphgesic SR looks like and the contents of the pack
10 mg tablets are buff, embossed with 10 on one face and contain 10 mg of the active ingredient morphine sulphate.
30 mg tablets are violet, embossed with 30 on one face and contain 30 mg of the active ingredient morphine sulphate.
60 mg tablets are orange, embossed with 60 on one face and contain 60 mg of the active ingredient morphine sulphate.
100 mg tablets are grey, embossed with 100 on one face and contain 100 mg of the active ingredient morphine sulphate.
Each strength of Morphgesic SR Tablets is available in packs containing 10 or 60 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in February 2019.
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