Feb 11, 2013
Morphine can be found in the form of tablets and taken orally in one dose or divided doses daily. If you need to take your Morphine dose all at once, it’s indicated to take it in the morning. Ideal is to take this medication with food as otherwise it may cause severe stomach pain.
The initial recommended adult Morphine dosage for reducing pain ranges from 5 mg to 30 mg each day, taken every 3 to 4 hours as needed. If the medication has to be used long-term, the maintenance dosage recommended for adults ranges from 10 mg to 600 mg per day, divided into equal doses and taken every 8 to 12 hours as needed.
Babies up to 4 weeks of age can be given a Morphine dosage of 0.05 mg/kg every 4 to 8 hours as needed. The maximum dosage for babies up to 4 weeks is 0.1 mg/kg/dose. Children from 1 month to 12 years old can be given a Morphine dose from 0.2 mg/kg/dose to 0.5 mg/kg/dose every 4 to 6 hours.
Children above the age of 12 years are recommended to take from 0.2 mg/kg/dose to 0.5 mg/kg/dose of Morphine every 4 to 6 hours as needed, in its tablet or solution form. There is another treatment option for this category of patients: from 0.3 mg/kg/dose to 0.6 mg/kg/dose of Morphine taken every 12 hours, in its extended release version. The maximum admitted Morphine dosage in children older than 12 years is 5 mg a day that should never be exceeded.
You are not allowed to adjust your daily Morphine dosage without medical advice. If possible, take this medication for the shortest and only necessary period of time. Long-term usage of this drug may lead to the development of severe Morphine side effects.
Seek for urgent medical attention if you believe you have taken too much Morphine. An overdose of this medication is considered to be extremely dangerous or even fatal! You may encounter some of the overdosing symptoms of this medication, such as pinpoint pupils, extreme drowsiness, confusion, weak pulse, clammy and cold skin, shallow breathing or breathing that stops or even fainting.