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In June I told you about the FDA developing “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies” (REMS) to put tighter controls on the use of opioid medications. (See URGENT: FDA May Remove or Limit Access to Opioid Pain Medications ) One of the strategies being considered is requiring doctors to have special education and certification in order to prescribe each type of opioid medication. One medication that is already being treated this way is Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone and is used to treat opioid dependence and/or addiction. Buprenorphine is an opiod medication similar to other opioids such as morphine, however, it produces less euphoric effects. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids – although when taken under the tongue as directed, it does not affect the action of the buprenorphine. Currently, physicians who want to prescribe Suboxone are required to receive special training in how to...
The ETHEX Corporation has announced a voluntary recall of a single lot of morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets (Lot No. 91762) because a tablet that was twice as thick as it should have been was discovered. These oversized tablets could contain as much as double the amount of active morphine sulfate indicated on the label. The recalled lot was distributed under an “ETHEX” label between April 16th and April 27th of 2008. No other dosage strength, nor any other lot of the 60 mg strength is affected by this recall. The product is a white oval tablet with "60" on one side, and "E" on the reverse. If you take morphine sulfate tablets in the 60 mg extended release form, check your medication carefully. Opioids such as morphine have life-threatening consequences if overdosed. Those consequences can include respiratory depression (difficulty or lack of breathing), and low blood pressure. If you have any doubts about your medication, call your...
Definition Morphine is a very strong painkiller. Morphine overdose occurs when a person intentionally or accidentally takes too much of the medicine. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Poisonous Ingredient Morphine sulfate Where Found Astramorph Morphine M S Contin Roxanol Note: This list may not be all-inclusive.
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