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    Old 03-01-2008, 07:17 PM   #1
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    Question How fast is the Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release?

    First let me say hello to everyone,I'm new here so if I say something wrong please let me know.I have a question...when taking a normal pain pill it can take up to an hour to start working on you.I'm about to start taking morphine sulfate immediate release and was wondering how immediate it really is.How fast does it start working?

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    Old 03-01-2008, 07:40 PM   #2
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    Re: How fast is the Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release?

    Hello, and welcome! There are many people here with a wide array of experiences, so hang in there and you'll find several to help on a variety of issues that pop up.

    As a general rule, any immediate release pill will take 45-60 minutes to work. It has to disolve and then be absorbed by your blood stream and/or your intestine. When pills come in a long acting version, manufacturers will label the regular pill "IR" for immediate release to distinguish it from the controlled release, or long acting. For example, Oxycodone comes in an "IR" and then Oxycontin, which is extended release. Technically speaking, a regular Tylenol or Motrin pill is "IR", but the just don't label it that way.

    If you need something faster, there are generally two options:

    (1) A liquid form such as Roxicodone or Oxyfast, which are both liquid Oxycodone. They usually work in about 10 minutes. Both come in a small bottle with a dropper that resembles baby Tylenol....The dropper has marks on it indicating 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, and 20 mg of Oxycodone. Each 5mg represents one Percocet. Often used for patients who are opiod tolerant.

    (2) A lollipop such as Actiq which is fentanyl. A new drug recently hit the market called Fentora which is also fentanyl based, but a lozenge. Since both are absorbed in the cheek area, they begin to work immediately, and effectively help with pain in less than 5 minutes. I've read where Fentora is less than 2 minutes. Now, that's fast! Both are used frequently with cancer patients, but are also approved for off label uses and many people use them for non-cancer pain.

    The only other option would be some type of shot, but that really isn't an option unless you're in a hospital.

    Hope this helps.


    Old 03-02-2008, 05:26 AM   #3
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    Re: How fast is the Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release?


    I take MSIR, and I generally can tell it has started working in about 40 to 45 minutes. But I also take the Avinza (LA once daily morphine), so I don't know if that plays a part in it or not.

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    Old 03-02-2008, 10:25 AM   #4
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    Re: How fast is the Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release?

    I asked last time for her to up my ms to 40mg but there isnt a 40.It goes from 30 then to 60.She thought 60mg was too much so she increased my 2 lortabs to 3 lortabs.I know there's a 40mg Avinza but for some reason my insurance will not pay for Avinza and it's more expensive.My pharmacist told me it was because Avinza is made to where people cant shoot it up.

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