Astramorph PF is a type of morphine sulfate that it used to treat severe pain. This particular medication is used to act on certain centers in the brain to provide pain relief. A narcotic pain reliever, Astramorph PF is an injection given into a vein, into a muscle or under the skin.
An opiate-type pain reliever, Astramorph PF may be given as a continuous injection using an infusion pump. This medication is generally reserved for those patients needing pain relief around-the-clock.
Astramorph PF can be highly addictive and can cause physical and psychological dependence when taken for long periods of time. As a morphine sulfate, it is part of the most commonly cited prototype for narcotic substances that possess an addiction forming or addiction sustaining liability. Tolerance, as well as psychological and physical dependence, can easily develop.
Those individuals with a prior history of opioid or other substance abuse or dependence are considered to be at greater risk of abuse. Even those taking Astramorph PF under a doctor’s care may need increased dosages to achieve the desired effect. When the medication is constantly increased, the individual develops a tolerance and withdrawal can set in if the medication is discontinued.
A person who has received the Astramorph PF injection repeatedly – or has diverted it for recreational use – is likely to develop a high tolerance for and dependence on the drug. As a result, withdrawal can be a painful process. Withdrawal symptoms can be felt within hours of stopping use of Astramorph PF and can last quite a long time.
Any and all of the following symptoms can occur in Astramorph PF withdrawal:
- Watery eyes
- Widened pupils
- Runny nose
Addiction to Astramorph PF can be life-threatening and it is important that this medication is stopped if it is not used for medicinal purposes or has been used too long. As the withdrawal symptoms can be intense, it is important that those with an addiction discontinue the drug gradually under the care of a board-certified physician and a board-certified physiatrist.