The Morphine Withdrawal Timeline Chart

Are you trying to quit morphine? Here’s a visual presentation of morphine withdrawal symptoms that can easily guide through this period.

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Duration of Morphine Withdrawal

Morphine is a strong opiate pain killer used for relieving chronic, excruciating pain. However, daily use of morphine may lead you to developing a dependence on – or even worse – an addiction to morphine. When you become morphine-dependent, you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking morphine.

How long do these withdrawal symptoms from morphine last?
What can you expect?
How are they treated?

The Morphine Withdrawal Timeline Chart

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Find the answers in our infographic. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section at the end.

Morphine Withdrawal Timeline

Morphine withdrawal symptoms occur right after your last dose has worm off, and they can last from several day to few weeks. Generally, morphine withdrawal is like a bad flu. The worst symptoms appear 2 -4 days after quitting the drug. After the first week, the symptoms gradually become less and less intense.

Below is a detailed timeline of morphine withdrawal symptoms to easily assist you in predicting a general timeline of symptoms during this difficult period:

0-48 hours after the last morphine dose:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Cravings
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle & body aches
  • Nausea
  • Nausea
  • Panic attacks
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating

3-5 days after the last morphine dose:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Heart palpitations
  • Mild nausea
  • Sleep disorders

5-7 days after the last morphine dose:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings Stabilization
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disorders

Week 2 Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Feeling better
  • Sleep disorders

How Long To Withdraw From Morphine?

The length of morphine withdrawal varies from individual to individual. Furthermore, symptoms that manifest vary from person-to-person. Sometimes all symptoms may appear, sometimes not. So, keep in mind that there’s no fixed timeframe period for morphine withdrawal. Nor does withdrawal affect all people the same way.

Some morphine users may undergo post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) that can last for several months after initial withdrawal. Morphine PAWS include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

The Safest Way to Withdraw from Morphine

So, how to withdrawal from morphine safely? The most secure way to treat morphine withdrawal is under medical supervision, where you can get the best support. Doctors will assess and supervise medications that can address withdrawal symptoms as they occur. Furthermore, you’ll get the psychological and emotional support that you need.

Don’t lose hope!

There’s always a way forward through drug dependence.

Morphine Withdraw Timeline Questions

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Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Morphine Sulfate Injection
NCBI: History of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Medline Plus: Opiate Withdrawal
NIH: Opioid Dependence Treatment Guidelines
NIH: Drugs for Opioid Detox
WHO: Treatment for Opioid Dependence
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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