Morphine preparations

First line: Morphine remains the drug of choice

Morphine sulfate tablets

Sevredol® tablets:
10mg (blue), 20mg (pink), 50mg (pale green)
(56 tablet pack)

Morphine sulfate solution

Oramorph® oral solution
10mg in 5ml,
(100ml, 300ml and 500ml)
Oramorph® concentrated oral solution
100mg in 5ml
(30ml & 120ml both sugar-free and alcohol-free with calibrated dropper)

Morphine sulfate suppositories

10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg (12 suppository pack)

12-hourly Morphine Modified Release oral preparations

Zomorph® Capsule*

10mg (yellow/clear), 30mg (pink/ clear), 60mg (orange/clear),100mg (white/clear), 200mg (clear)
(60 capsule pack)

Morphgesic® SR tablets

10mg (buff), 30mg (violet), 60mg (orange), 100mg (grey)
(60 tablet pack)

MST Continus® Tablets

5mg (white), 10mg (brown), 15mg (green), 30mg (purple), 60mg (orange), 100mg (grey), 200mg (green)
(60 tablet pack)

MST Continus® Suspension

20mg, 30mg, 60mg, 100mg, 200mg
(30 sachet pack)
(sachets of granules to mix with water)

24-hour Morphine Modified Release oral preparations

MXL® Capsules*

30mg (light blue), 60mg (brown),90mg (pink), 120mg (green),150mg (blue), 200mg (red-brown)
(28 capsule pack)

Morphine Injection

Morphine sulfate

10mg/ml 1ml ampoules, 15mg/ml 1ml ampoules, 20mg/ml 1ml ampoules, 30mg/ml (in 1ml and 2ml ampoules)
(5 ampoule pack)

*Capsules containing slow release pellets can be opened and sprinkled onto soft food

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This Guide is intended for use by healthcare professionals and the expectation is that they will use clinical judgement, medical, and nursing knowledge in applying the general principles and recommendations contained within. They are not meant to replace the many available texts on the subject of palliative care.

Some of the management strategies describe the use of drugs outside their licensed indications. They are, however, established and accepted good practice. Please refer to the current BNF for further guidance.

While WMPCPS takes every care to compile accurate information , we cannot guarantee its correctness and completeness and it is subject to change. We do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information.