I have what I think is a "low" dose... 15mg I think. Will I still be able to do normal things, like drive and work without feeling "stoned"?
The short answer is yes. But everyone reacts differently to medications. It really depends on how you feel after taking the morphine and whether or not you feel that you are too impaired to drive. Similar to alcohol. Some folks can handle more alcohol and still feel relatively sober and others feel completely out of it.
I am on 30 mg of morphine taken twice a day with percocet for breakthrough pain. I was on 15 mg of morphine twice a day awhile back and still could drive and had excellent reaction time. I did not feel impaired at all. On 30 mg twice a day, my body has the same response such that I can drive just fine and have excellent reaction time.
Whether or not you think you are able to drive is a personal judgement call. A lot of times when first starting a medication, you may feel out of it and otherwise not able to drive but over time as your body gets used to the medication, the initial impairement effects wear off and you begin to feel normal again.
So I think yes you will be able to drive while on Morphine. It may be a couple of days until your body gets used to the medication or you may feel fine after the initial dose. It all depends on how your body reacts to the medication as everyone is affected differently after taking Morphine.
I work during the day on Morphine as well. There was a little more addjustment time required for that as I felt a little cognitively impaired but not severely. And, I still do a little bit but I am so used to it that I can still get my work done with zero or minimal errors and my management knows I take pain medication and they said they have seen no impairment or inability to perform my job function.
I am not going to lie and say you will feel completely sober. You will feel "different" but not necessarily impaired. It depends on how that difference effects you.
Please post and let us know how you are doing on the morphine.
- Morphine Information for Consumers
- Morphine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Morphine (detailed)
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