Morphine Addiction Symptoms
Morphine has generated a lot of interest in recent times, especially concerning its addictive properties. However, one thing to acknowledge is that the addiction is more or less behavioral as individuals choose to take more than is prescribed or even take the drug for other purposes apart from relieving pain. This is especially true in teenagers, due to pressure from their friends.
Morphine is a narcotic drug falling under the category of opiates. It is derived from the poppy plant and is known to possess strong, painkilling properties; thus, it is used in relieving pain. Actually, the drug has been widely used in relieving pain before, during, as well as, after surgical operations.
However, despite its effectiveness in treating pain, the drug is known to be highly addictive. Most individuals actually take the drug due to its effects on the brain. It is known to stimulate the brain’s reward system so intensely that the individual develops strong cravings for it. Morphine induces euphoria, blurring the sense of reality in an individual and results in pleasure or happiness. Most individuals actually take the drug so that they can remain in this euphoric state.
With continued use of the drug, the individual can develop a physical dependency due to the residue left in the body. Physical dependency can result from many drugs, prescription or non-prescription. It would, therefore, use of the drug does not, necessarily, point at abuse or addiction. However, the individual would be recommended not to increase their dosage unless advised so by a qualified medial practitioner.
Unfortunately, once many individuals realize that the prescribed dose has become ineffective in bringing about the initial results, they end up increasing the dosage or the frequency of taking the medication. This is due to the buildup of chemical tolerance in the body.
Morphine is known to directly adhere to the central nervous system. Although it is very effective in relieving pain, it impairs physical, as well as mental performance of the individual, alleviating fear and anxiety as well as inducing euphoria. It is also known to hamper the cough reflex, inhibits hunger, lowers the sexual drive and causes constipation. It also interferes with the menstruation cycle in women.
Although determining that an individual may be addicted to prescription drugs can be a bit of a hassle, there are common symptoms that you can be on the lookout for in the case of morphine abuse.
Individuals addicted to morphine exhibit a variety of symptoms including sweating, chills, anxiety, double vision, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision, eyeballs moving involuntarily, depression, irritability, uncoordinated movement of the muscles, light-headedness, floating feeling, fainting, drowsiness, dizziness, swelling resulting from fluid retention, diarrhea, constipation, difficulty in urinating, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, dry mouth, facial flushing, as well as general body weakness.
Serious symptoms would include seizures, high blood pressure and respiratory problems. Allergic reactions may be triggered by the addiction and include rash, wheezing, itching and, even, hives.
If an individual overdoses on the drug, serious symptoms may be triggered including low blood pressure, slow heart rate, coma, stupor and slowed breathing. It is important to acknowledge that overdosing on the drug may actually have very adverse effects and, therefore, seeking help at a rehabilitation center (800-303-2482) is imperative so that you can be advised on how to kick the habit safely.