Review: could Morphine cause Memory impairment (Memory loss)?
Summary: Memory impairment is found among people who take Morphine, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Morphine sulfate, and have Pain.
We study 48,666 people who have side effects while taking Morphine from FDA and social media. Among them, 761 have Memory impairment. Find out below who they are, when they have Memory impairment and more.
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Morphine has active ingredients of morphine sulfate. It is often used in pain. (latest outcomes from 49,756 Morphine users)
Memory Impairment has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, pain, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol. (latest reports from 63,328 Memory Impairment patients)
On Dec, 30, 2014: 48,655 people reported to have side effects when taking Morphine. Among them, 761 people (1.56%) have Memory Impairment.
Time on Morphine when people have Memory impairment * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Memory impairment||45.59%||10.29%||13.24%||7.35%||16.18%||7.35%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Memory impairment when taking Morphine * :
|Memory impairment||64.67%||35.33% |
Age of people who have Memory impairment when taking Morphine * :
|Memory impairment||0.00%||0.00%||1.18%||4.72%||13.89%||21.49%||29.88%||28.83% |
Severity of Memory impairment when taking Morphine ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Memory impairment||12.50%||75.00%||6.25%||6.25% |
How people recovered from Memory impairment ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Memory impairment||10.00%||0.00%||90.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (243 people, 31.93%)
- Breast cancer (40 people, 5.26%)
- Metastases to bone (39 people, 5.12%)
- Depression (38 people, 4.99%)
- Hepatitis c (36 people, 4.73%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Morphine sulfate (373 people, 49.01%)
- Xanax (159 people, 20.89%)
- Neurontin (147 people, 19.32%)
- Oxycontin (146 people, 19.19%)
- Zometa (133 people, 17.48%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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Does anyone with a medical background know about this ailment/disease? Does it sound feasible that MRSA or it's treatment could have caused this? I was surgically debrided up to every other day when the vac pac/negative pressure machine and dressings were changed and the doctors told me I lost a great deal of tissue and had a lot of nerve damage due to the infection.
Any patient perspectives on this illness would also be very much valued in helping me make a decision, moving forward. If all this is going to accomplish is to attach a label to the pain but not actually change anything, after fighting it for 10yrs now, avoiding hospital as much as I can, I really can't see the point of exploratory surgerys and biopsys now when it is known that I have this propensity towards adhesions and a new wound means a potentially new adhesion growth site.
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- Anyone taking amitza for the relief of constipation associated with taking morphinefor chronic pain? if so, does atmotza provide adequate relief of this type of constipation? (1 answer)
I am just trying to get effective relief of my extreme constipation that has just recently began following my doctor prescribing morphine for relief of my chronic pain. I am hoping that the medicine Amitza is going to have an Osmotic affect on my constipation. I am very thankful for any helpful responses to this post.
P.S. I am currently taking 60 mg of Morphine Sulfate (taken once daily)
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