... up... And it is the liquid under the tongue type (made by Roxane or Roxanol) and I was wondering a few things. It tastes so nasty and will chasing it with water hurt its effectiveness? How about other liquids (sodas, juices)? How long should I try and let it stay under the tongue before swallowing it with something like water? In the ER and Hospital they inject me with either morphine or dilaudid (or put it in my IV) and I was wondering since it seems to be so much faster acting that way can I inject the liquid I have been given for home use?
If so would the 5ml dose be the same and what size needle/syringe combo is best for a 6' -190# adult male? Especially one with poor veins (according to the nurses... I wouldn't know but with this pain am willing to find out!)
Also I see on here that Dilaudid is stronger than Morphine but the 4mg pills (dilaudid) I was prescribed for this pain didn't seem to work when I last had a major flare and ended up in the ER... I think the pills just take to long to work due to the intensity of the pain when it comes on..it hits fast and seems to build. When I went in that time I had (and usually seem to have when this happens) an elevated white blood cell count so could an infection also be inhibiting the effectiveness of the pain meds?
First, no you can not inject the liquid form of the morphine. Also, it may be possible that an infection may cause the medication to be less effective. Keep the medicine under your tongue for as long as possible and follow the directions on the bottle. If your doctor says it's ok to follow up with a soda or other drink, then do so. Check with him first though. Maybe there is some type of oral numbing agent you could use prior to dosing. Any type of pain medication works faster and better when administered in a hospital setting i.e. injection, IV. If the oral med you take doesn't seem to be working as well, ask your doctor for the suppository type. Your body absorbs the most of the medication when used this way. Please check with your doctor and see if he could prescribe the meds this way. The other alternative may be you simply need an increase in the doseage or a different medication all together. I wish you good luck and hope you find that pain relief you need. My thoughts are with you. Chris
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