Morphine salts

Usual solid dosage form
Tablets, Capsules, Modified release tablets, Modified release capsules
Available as a liquid
Yes
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Yes
Liquid strengths
10mg/5mL, 100mg/5mL
Liquid sugar free or not
Yes
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
Yes, some
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
n/a
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Available as other formulations?
Suppositories, Modified release granules, Solution for Injection (10mg/mL, 15mg/mL, 20mg/mL, 30mg/mL), Solution for Infusion (1mg/mL)
Note
If administered directly into the jejunum (i.e. through an NJ, PEJ, or PEGJ tube), monitor for increased systemic effects. Morphine has a high level of first pass metabolism, and such drugs, when administered into the jejunum, can have increased absorption leading to greater clinical effects and adverse effects.
Film coated
-
Modified release
Yes, some preparations are modified release preparations
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Morphine salts
Safe or appropriate to crush
Not recommended. Enteric coated/modified release products should not be crushed. Use liquid alternative.