Saturday April 19th 2014

How long does morphine stay in your system?

Morphine is absorbed and metabolized quickly by the body.

For most standard drug tests, like the DOT 5 panel drug screen, morphine will only be detectable for a couple of days after taking the medication. However, morphine is detectable in hair for longer periods of time. More here on drug screens for morphine and where to go if you have a morphine problem. Plus, we invite your questions about morphine in your system at the end.

Main morphine uses

Morphine is used as a pain reliever in cases of moderate to severe pain. Morphine belongs to the opiate class of medications and alters the brain and nervous system’s response to pain, causing numbing effects which are actually based on the way that we PERCEIVE pain. Morphine can also cause euphoria, which is one of the main reasons people abuse morphine and take it for non-medical reasons.

How do you take morphine?

Morphine comes in the form of an immediate-release tablet, an extended-release tablet, and an oral solution (liquid). When swallowed and taken as prescribed, morphine provides effective pain relief. However, morphine abusers will sometimes chew or crush the tablets to release all the medication at once. They may also crush the tablets and either snort them, or dissolve them in water and inject the mixture into the blood. These modes of administration are not recommended as chewing, snorting, or injecting morphine raises the risk of overdose and dependence.

Peak levels and half life of morphine

Morphine starts to take effect quickly. It reaches peak levels within 60 minutes when taken orally – within 30 minutes of injection. The drug has a half-life of about 3 hours in a normal oral formulation. It may take longer to clear the system depending on how it was administered and the health of the person taking the morphine.

Morphine drug testing: How long does morphine stay in the body?

Narcotic pain medications like morphine don’t stay in the body very long. When drug screening for morphine, blood tests are the least used method due to the short detection window, followed by urine and hair tests. Note here that all types of morphine drug tests are reasonably accurate and reliable. And that a positive drug morphine screen indicates use.

How long does morphine stay in blood?

Due to its short half-life, morphine doesn’t stay in the blood long-term. It will typically fall beneath detectable levels after a day.

How long does morphine stay in hair?

This kind of testing may be used to monitor someone’s compliance in a drug treatment program, as morphine is a known drug of abuse. Most drugs can be detected in hair for about 90 days. This does depend on how long someone’s hair is, how frequently they have haircuts, and how much of a drug they’ve taken. Additionally, trace amounts of morphine will be harder to detect. Although hair sample testing for morphine is not standard for employment and most other contexts, hair samples can detect morphine abuse triggered when you take morphine to get high.

How long does morphine stay in urine?

The exact amount of time (the morphine detection window) depends on the amount of morphine a person is taking, what formulation of the drug they’re using, how long they’re used it, and other factors. Typically, morphine can be detected in urine for 1-2 days. In cases of heavy or chronic use, morphine might be detectable for slightly longer, but it usually can’t be detected after about 4-5 days.

Morphine and addiction

Morphine is a highly addictive drug. Even when taken as directed by a doctor, morphine can be habit-forming. The drug can give a euphoric high when taken in large doses, which opens it up to abuse. With morphine addiction come the risks of withdrawal and potential overdose.

Morphine in your system questions

We invite your additional questions about morphine in the system below. We try to respond to all legitimate morphine questions with a personal and prompt reply. And if we don’t know the answer to your question, we will refer you to someone who does.

Reference Sources: DMME: Drug Free Workplace
Medline Plus: Morphine Oral
Toxnet: Morphine

PubChem: Morphine

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22 Responses to “How long does morphine stay in your system?
Jane Tilly
2:58 am September 20th, 2012

If you had morphine for pain, and now want to do weed, what are the chances of getting hooked on weed?

9:09 am September 22nd, 2012

Hello Jane. Thanks for your question. Addiction is characterised by psychological dependence on a psychoactive substance. If you take morphine or weed and get high, you have the chances of becoming addicted to either. If taken for pain and taken as prescribed, you may become physically dependent on morphine or week….and/or tolerant of their effects…but addiction is much less likely. Where on you on the use for pleasure factor?

heather schwartz
2:45 pm December 31st, 2012

ive been taking morphine er 60 mgs twice a day for almost two years i found out i was pregnant and the doctor suggested staying on the morphoine but comming off very slowly so there are no withdrawal symptoms to me or the baby so it wouldnt cause premature labor.. we are decreasing five mg each week but my due date is fastly arriving what is the largest dose to desrease by to not have these withdrawals

Ali
6:21 pm February 3rd, 2013

My mum recently died of cancer She was in severe pain and i Was Giving her 10ml morphine oral solution Every hour when required . Three times the day she passed away At the back of my mind I think that I might of overdosed and killed her I asked the doctor and he said no. But would like a second opinion Just to put my mind at rest

10:52 am February 12th, 2013

Hello Ali. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure that you are looking for answers to your questions about why your mother has passed. If your mother was taking morphine for some time, she would have developed a tolerance to it, meaning that her body could process higher amounts or morphine or more frequent dosing. The morphine probably helped her manage the pain, and is not likely to have caused her death.

Bob Bard
6:41 pm March 19th, 2013

How long after morphine is injected into a vein will it be detected in a urine sample ? The fact pattern with which I am dealing is Morphine was administered at 1:45 A.M. and a urine sample at 1:48 A.M. showed the presence of unspecified opiates–is is reasonable to think that the urinalysis finding represents the shot of Morphine or is it possible that some opiate drug taken earlier might be the cause ?

Bob Bard
12:01 pm April 2nd, 2013

How long would it take a patient’s urine to reflect the presence of morphine ? I’m a lawyer defending a personal injury lawsuit and the injured plaintiff was administered an injection of Morphine at 1:45 and a urinalysis done from urine taken at 1:48 showed the presence of opiates–is it possible that the opiates present in the urinalysis were from some form of opiate taken earlier in the day or does Morphine show up in the urine that quickly (…i.e., 3 minutes…) ?

Thanks.

2:19 pm April 3rd, 2013

Hello Bob. I’d suggest that you take this question to a professional toxologist or Medical Review Officer who works with a private laboratory that administers drug testing. You’ll need an expert opinion on this matter!

Bob Bard
3:19 pm April 3rd, 2013

Actually, I did have the matter reviewed by a nurse expert with a background in pharmacology–her opinion was that it would probably take up to two hours to appear in the urine but when I contacted a doctor with a background ni pharmacology she said the Morphine would show up instantaneously. Faced with two conflicting opinions, I thought I’d see if you could provide a “…tie breaker…”, so to speak.

7:00 am April 4th, 2013

I see. Try a search on your internet browser using these keywords:

site:.gov morphine metabolism

There are quite a few published reports on the issue. But as far as opinion goes, ours is unqualified, as we are not medical professionals. Maybe you can call Quest Diagnostics or a similar lab and ask for testimony from the supervising medical doctor who reports drug screens as either positive or negative.

Bob Bard
5:41 pm April 4th, 2013

…just wanted to say “THANKS” for your prompt, to the point help. I’ve tagged your site as a “FAVORITE” for the future. Be well.

Della Taraborrelli
9:41 pm April 11th, 2013

If a patient was on morphine (prescribed by a doctor for three years) for chronic back pain, how long does it take for the morphine to be completely out of their system? Also, does morphine leave you with any permanent side effects. Does it do damage to short term memory? Is there any other side effects that you are left with?

Judy
5:58 pm April 21st, 2013

Hi I have been taking morphine for 14 years now for central pain syndrome after 8 strokes I am trying to get into a pain clinic to refill my script in NM but until I do I will start withdraws and would like to know what to do until I get seen
Any help would be helpful
Thanks j pearce

Rica
5:48 pm June 3rd, 2013

I recently had to take a urine drug test for my dr at the pain clinic I go to and he told me I tested positive for morphine. I have not taken morphine whatsoever since probably almost 2 years ago when I was in the hospital. How is this possible that I tested positive for morphine when I have not taken any? I do not want my dr to discontinue my pain medicine for something I didn’t do. I do take Percocet and flexaril for my pain and those are both prescribed to me. Please help! Any info at all would be greatly appreciated!

John
11:21 pm September 23rd, 2013

If a person took 58 Morphine Pills. How would they appear from the OD?

Virginia
6:01 am September 27th, 2013

Should a person be on oral morphine if she is in recovery from drug addiction?

10:09 am September 27th, 2013

Hello Virginia,

This question is really one about personal management and needs in addiction recovery. Some former opiate addicts benefit from long term use of methadone, while for others it can become a crutch and get in the way of recovery. Doctors recommend at least 6 months of opiate substitution before considering weaning off…and most recommend longer terms. But when methadone maintenance becomes a lifestyle and is not accompanied with psychotherapy, support groups, or personal growth…I think that it can encumber recovery rather than enhance it.

cyndee gross
2:27 pm October 10th, 2013

I take ms contin 100
and morphine instant release
20 years now
yet only a trace showed up in my blood test
why?

Jenna
7:39 pm November 5th, 2013

If clean and take 100 mg time released morphine how many days max to get it out of urin

jbug
10:24 pm February 2nd, 2014

My step daughter’s mother passed away but wasn’t found till 3 days later ,they said it was a high dose of morphine in the system ,would that had been even higher at the time of death ? I was just wondering because the mother was reaching out to people and calling them on the night she would of passed away to people she had not reached out to in years ,so in the back of our minds we all have wondered if it was a suicide but being it was almost 5 days later after she passing that they did the toxicology ,could if had be missed ???

Marcus Maxwell
10:34 pm March 24th, 2014

I take 15mgs of morphine 3 times a day as needed for my back. Took a drug test it tested negative, everything else I take showed up but the morphine. Mind you awhile back I had a drug test prior to this one, and numerous ones before this latest one now im negative and no longer can be seen at this clinic. P.S . I’ve even had Percocet show up in my urine and i don’t take perc’s!

Boonchob
3:11 am April 10th, 2014

I interesting in drug discovery in men for confrimation.

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