Hi, I think most of us are afraid when given a new med. 15mg is the lowest there is and you will not od. The first time I tried it, I got hyper and freaked but it went away. And yes, I wound up asking for the higher dose (30mg) after awhile. In fact the lower dose was so easy to get off, which I did because it didn't feel like it was doing much. People that know me on here, know I struggle with being on a drug but found I need it. But back to you, 15mg is the lowest and to me, not strong at all. If you look up Hospice Care (I think), it will tell you how safe it is and you can even drink on it--not that I'm encouraging you to, but morphine seems to be associated with a strong drug when in the long run, it is very safe. My husband sent me 2 articles on it, if you want me to look for them, explaining it and how it is less addicting to those who are really in pain.
Hope that helped some. You will not get drugged out on it--at least it doesn't affect me that way at all. I've felt much more drugged out on other drugs, which I hated. It is long lasting but I wouldn't take it before bed. For me, it's more like about 9 and 6. It seems to wire me up a bit.
Good luck. I think you'll be fine.
Thanks to all who gave me some good wisdom...I plan on taking one Tomorrow at about 9am or 6pm I dont know with to do first...I need to drive my daughter to collage (3 hours round trip) so I have to decide if tomorrow will even be a day that is worth trying it on..My back is in soooo much pain I was hit from behind just over 3 years ago by a drunk driver. I was driving a honda civic, I was hit at fifty one mph with a Ford explorer. I was at a dead stop and she ran into the back of me. i have tried everything to end this pain. All of you make so much sense. I guess it's just all the hype about morphine that freaked me out a little bit. Thank you all for being so considerate. I will keep you all in my prayers and keep you posted.
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I was very surprised to read about mixing alcohol and morphine myself. I can give you the url and you can read the page--that was the only reason I wrote it.
It said "What about morphine and alcohol? It is safe to have an alcoholic drink. Many patients taking morphine enjoy their accustomed cocktail each evening. In fact, most British in-patient hospices have a small bar or a drinks trolley for just that purpose!
This was taken from http://www.hospiceworld.org/book/morphine.htm--and as I said before, I wasn't encouraging it or endorsing it, just repeating what the article said.
I imagine they know things we don't know, but was also very surprised to have read it.
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Thanks for your comment. I took 30 mg. morphine sul, it seemed to work for a couple hours and then it's as if I never took it. I did take Vicadon 7.5 last week after only taking 15 mg. sul morphine and it helped. I was hoping that my doctor upping the morphine to 30 mg. would allow me to stop taking the Vicadon. I'm still debating if Oxycontin is a better or more effective drug than MS Contin. I hate taking two different kinds of pain meds to achieve pain free. Perhaps there is no such thing. PA lady has given me some good advice but I don't know if anyone has the answer to this except by just trying and seeing what works best.
Does anyone have any advice ON CONSTIPATION, my doctor recommended Colace 100 mg. gel tab. I took one last night, it did nothing so far, it's 1:30 which is about 12-13 hours after the fact. Does anyone have any other info. on constipation? I appreciate your help.