Morphine Immediate Release

Morphine Sulfate (Immediate Release)
Delta Care – Patient Information

Brand Names: Morphine Sulfate IR, Roxano

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What is this medication used for?

  • It is used to ease moderate to severe pain.
  • It may also be used to treat cough and shortness of breath

How is this medication best taken?

Read and follow the dosing on the label closely or follow the directions given to you by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.

Tablet (immediate release) / Liquid:

  • Take for fast pain relief on an as needed basis or as instructed by your doctor.
  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure your liquid medicine.


  • Use suppository rectally. Wash your hands before and after use.
  • If suppository is soft, chill in a refrigerator or run cold water over it.
  • Take foil off the rectal suppository and put in, pointed end first. Do not handle too much.
  • Wet suppository before putting in rectum.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Storage Information:

Keep out of the reach of children, in a container that small children cannot open. Store at room temperature, away from excess moisture (bathroom) and heat.

What should I watch for while taking morphine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor and/or hospice nurse as soon as possible:

  • Very bad dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in thinking clearly
  • Very bad belly pain
  • Very hard stools (constipation)
  • Very bad headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Hives
  • Trouble passing urine

Common side effects to tell your doctor and/or hospice nurse about if they continue or are bothersome:

  • Feeling sleepy
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Sweating
  • Itching/rash
  • Nausea