Morphine sustained-release patch?

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   Posted 9/21/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everybody ~

I jumped over here for a visit from my usual home on the Lyme forum on H/W.

I have been on Morphine sustained-release capsules, 30 mg twice daily, for about three years.

My husband mentioned that a client of his, who also struggles with chronic pain, switched from taking the capsule form to the ''morphine patch.'' The woman said that the patch works much better for her due to stomach issues. I also have stomach issues, mainly just bouts of nausea.

When I look up ''morphine patch'' I come up with the Fentanyl patch, which is much stronger than morphine -- not what I want.

Is there such a thing as a sustained-release morphine patch, and if so, what brand name is it manufactured under? Any USA and/or Canadian brand names would be helpful.

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   Posted 9/22/2008 3:14 AM (GMT -6)   
As a patient that takes sustained release morphine, I too have stomach problems and was tried on the patch.The only patch I am aware of is the fentenyl patch and it is sometimes erroneosly called a morphine patch by Dr's. because it sort of does the same thing and that's control pain for some people.It is not morphine and you will likely have some withdrawl symptoms for the first while even though you're on the patch.I did and in my case it didn't work for my pain after a two week trial so I was put back on the morphine and just have to live with the stomach problems.

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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
While fentanyl si stronger than morphine, the dosage is in mcg, rather than mg. I have been on fentanyl for a couple of years now. There are several dosage levels also. There is no morphine patch that I've ever heard of.
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   Posted 9/23/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Fentanyl patches last three days in general, they were developped here in Belgium close to where I life and are in common use here as the factory is located nearby. Although fentanyl is stronger than morphine the dosages are much smaller. As both are opiumderivatives, withdrawal symptoms should be minimal. I used them myself for several years. I switched from (amongst a lot of other stuff) morphine to fentanyl to opium without any serious side-effects regarding these chances.

The first time you use a patch, it should begin to kick in about an hour later and the first times (once every three days normally), you could feel a little dizzy or sleepy. Trouble is they are addictive just as morphine and your body gets quite easily used to them as they release their substance on a constant basis. If you have stomach problems they surely are a recommendation, but you should take into account that, while not actually getting "high" as such, you will in a couple of years become dependant or even addicted, depending on the dosage.

Morphine patches do not exist as morphine is hardly absorbed by the skin. There have been experiments in the 1950s and 60s with morphine patches by the UK military but they proved to be ineffective.

If you need any more information on these patches, just let me know, my neighbour works for the company that produces them.

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