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came off morphine sulfate

Hi all, I had to come off morphine sulfate tablets time release 12 hr at 80mg per 12 hrs, due to extreme depression which was caused by the meds and I have been placed on fentanyl 25 patch which is doing nothing at all! but to top it off im having a slight tingling and im irritated and cant sleep and I think its a withdrawal effect as i was on morphine for over a year.

how do I get through this minor setback as I thought when I tapered down I shouldnt get any symptoms of withdrawal?

many thanks in advance

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80 mg MST such as Zomorph twelve hourly is closer to 75μg Fentanyl patch. If you still need a similar level of pain relief.

I was not clear why the doc prescribed such a small dose! Rib


I'm seeing Dr today to find out


thia is a very low dose of patches compared to the tablets.

go back and tell your doctor .

pat x

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I will, today and thanks


Hi there I have been on the same morphin every 12 hrs for 3.5 years now and on quick acting morphin too plus gaberpentan and anti depressant and anti inflammatory and last summer I came off nearly everything but ended up going back on due to the amount of pain I was i , still got all the pain due to having CRPS and am ha I g a real rough time of it at the moment too. I just changed pai. Specialist and after two appointments he said there was no point me seeing him anymore because I was on all the mess I could be on and he cod t do anymore for me !

Not what I wanted to hear !

Anyway if you came off the morphine slowly you shouldnt have any side effects . I only get those kind of feeling of I have forgotten to take my meds once or twice in the day.

Good luck


A week at half dose then nothing but fentanyl 25


It certainly sound like you are having withdrawal symtoms.25mcs is a very small dose to replace your morphine.I was swapped onto Fentanyl patches from my oxycodone and they started me on 200 mcs.Go back to see your gp.


I have been on the same tablets but they caused me to be so constipated the DR has now given me patches so I'm hoping because they are slow release I will be ok


They did work for the pain, however I got major depression from them so Dr said I can't have them, and I'm glad as I'm happier albeit in pain


I should of been in hospital on Thursday having a spine block and radio frequency, I got a call at 6pm Wednesday night saying they had to cancel my surgery as they had no beds. What I find really frustrating is these injections work and I get 6-8 pain relief from them I was so looking forward to a good nights sleep my last injection was May 2014 by the end of July it had worn off and I haven't had a full night sleep since.


thanks I went to docs and he agreed that 25 were too low and the 50mcg should work, and they do thanks


Thanks everyone just update that dr has put me on 50mcg fentanyl and its doing its work, better than the morphine, horses for courses


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