As we first reported on November 11th, there has been a Morphine recall by the ETHEX Corporation because the pills may have been oversized, which could result in a morphine overdose. Because the original report also included recalls of other drugs (Dextroamphetamine, Propafenone and Isosorbide) we are going to cover each of the recalls separately. This is the second in the series of informational articles, and is covering the Morphine recall.
Two strengths of immediate release Morphine Sulfate and one strength of extended release Morphine Sulfate were recalled, all of them tablets made by the ETHEX Corporation. The two recalled Morphine immediate release pills were 15mg and 30mg. The recalled Morphine extended release pills were 15mg.
The recalled tablets come from any of the following lots with expiration dates ranging from 8/2009 to 3/2011. Below are thelot numbers affected by the recall:
15mg Extended Release Morphine – 81175, 82514-16, 89660, 89664, 89667, 90249-51, 91687
15mg Immediate Release Morphine – 77852-54, 81746, 82519-20, 84113, 90276-78
30mg Immediate Release Morphine – 75093, 77855-57, 82297, 82521-22, 87239, 88925, 90288-98
About Morphine Sulfate
Morphine is a highly potent and addictive drug in the opiate family. Like other opioids, such as heroin, morphine acts on the central nervous system to relieve pain. Morphine is highly addictive. Tolerance, physical and psychological dependence develops very rapidly. Overdosing on Morphine is very dangerous and can result in severe side effects, including death.
Side effects of Morphine overdose include:
Constipation, warmth, tingling, or redness under the skin, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, anxiety, memory loss,insomnia, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, seizures, cold, clammy skin, confusion, severe weakness or dizziness, light-headedness, fainting and death.
A Morphine recall should be taken seriously by anyone who is taking the drug, especially morphine recalls involving potentially over-dosed pills. Check your batch number immediately and contact your doctor or pharmacist if your bottle was included in this Morphine recall.