MOR-feen SUL-fate - Pronunciation guide
Morphine sulfate appears as white odorless crystals that are soluble in water. Derived from opium, it is a naturally occurring opiate analgesic that is used to relieve moderate to severe pain and also as a pre-anesthetic agent for some surgical procedures.
Morphine sulfate is used as a narcotic analgesic to relieve moderate to severe pain, and also as a pre-anesthetic agent for some surgical procedures.
Dosage and Administration
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|Slow Intravenous or Intramuscular injection||0.22 mg/kg||50 mg/ml||Treatment||NA|
|Slow Intravenous injection2||0.2-0.6 mg/kg||50 mg/ml||Treatment||NA|
Narcotics such as morphine sulfate may cause central nervous system excitement in horses. Some veterinarians recommend pretreatment with acepromazine or xylazine to reduce the behavioral changes morphine can cause. Horses may exhibit signs of hyperthermia. They may also appear restless, and, at high doses, suffer convulsions.
Morphine sulfate may mask signs of colic and cardiovascular symptoms.
Morphine sulfate is a narcotic drug. Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the lawful written or oral order of a licensed veterinarian.
Morphine sulfate would be prohibited in any sanctioned competition. Check with the proper regulatory board.
Other CNS depressants may cause increased CNS or respiratory depression when used with morphine.
Overdose may produce profound respiratory and central nervous system depression. Toxic effects can include cardiovascular collapse and skeletal muscle hypotonia. Naloxone is recommended to treat respiratory depression caused by overdose.
Winstron Depot Morphine Sulfate Oral
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