An alkaloid of Opium. C17 H19NO3.
Morphinum Aceticum. Acetate of Morphia. C17H19NO3C2H4O2.
Morphinum Muriaticum. Hydrochlorate of Morphia. C17H19NO3HCL. Trituration. Solution. Morphinum Sulphuricum. Sulphate of Morphia. C17H19NO3H2SO4.
Eyes, affections of.
Trismus Tympany. Vertigo. Vision, illusions of.
Morphia is the alkaloid of Opium, which contains the most characteristic properties of the drug.
The alkaloid itself, the Acetate, the Muriate, and the Sulphate have all been used as pain-deadeners and sleep producers, but I do not find it practicable to attempt to distinguish between them, since the particular salt given has not always been mentioned.
Alkaloids do not act in the same was as ordinary bases in their union with acids, the alkaloid does not displace any of the molecules of the acid, a molecule of acid is simply added to a molecule of alkaloid and not integrated with it.
The distinction therefore between salts of alkaloids is less than between salts of metals, etc.
I have included effects of all in the Schema, it is probable that the symptoms of any one of them will be sufficient to indicate any other.
Rufus left Thaurston (H. P., xv. 563) records a short but very important proving of Morphinum on a patient who took a grain for sleeplessness.
Among the symptoms was this, which he italicized: "Vertigo from the least movement of the head." Not long after, Skinner (H. P., xvi. 123) had a case of vertigo with tendency to fall forward and with this symptoms: "Becomes unconscious and all becomes?., worse by movement of any kind, especially of the head, and by eating and drinking.
Morph-m. 500 (F. C.) cured the case.
C. M. Boger (H. P., xvi. 295) cured with Morph. sulph. c.m. this case: Miss M., 22, dark, spare.
Headache with sensation of being wound up tight.
Sleepiness and numbness of lower extremities.
Intense vertigo on least motions of head.
Thus both the Muriate and the Sulphate availed to cure a symptom produced by the plain alkaloid.
In Thurston’s case there was also the "wound-up" headache, which is confirmed by Boger’s cure as another note of Morph. Another feature of Thurston’s case was sudden faintness.
The same symptom was produced, by one-eight of a grain of the Sulphate, in a case reported by E. V. Ross (H. P., xvi. 524): "Spells of feeling faint come on suddenly, with great anxiety, through the was going to die." In the same case this peculiar symptom appeared: "Delusion of vision on closing eyes, sees a man standing at foot of bed.
The room seems full of white and colored babies." In my experience the Acetate has produced much more violent gastric symptoms than the muriate, but not different in kind.
Green vomit is a constant effect.
Restlessness and hyperesthesia are prominent symptoms: restlessness of legs, wants them held, feels as if worms in them.
Trembling, twitching, jerking, and convulsions, even tetanus.
This is marked in the clenching of the jaws.
Morphia hatitués have extreme susceptibility to pain, and Morph. is indicated in neuralgia where the pains are so violent as to threaten convulsions, pain causing twitching for jerking of limbs.
Violent and sudden neuralgic pains (as well as sudden fainting).
Morph. is just as susceptible emotionally as to pain, "Cannot describe symptoms for tears and sobs." The head is very heavy and hot, drowsiness.
The sleep symptoms of Morph. are not distinguishable from those of Opium. Intense drowsiness. Deep sleep.
Half sleeping state: "He lay in a half-waking, half-stupid state, but with perfect ability to think of different things, though at the same time he was busy with confused phantasies, limbs stiff." On the other hand there is sleeplessness and restless sleep with starting up.
Dreams may be pleasant or frightful.
The symptoms are: worse By eating. worse By movement. worse By (slightest) movement of head.
worse After sleep (head dull, vertigo as from disordered stomach, after a nap).
worse In morning (pain in head on waking better on moving about).
worse By vinegar. better By coffee. Morph. cured nervous spasms brought on by lightning-stroke, the spasms being worse by any exposure to heat, better by cold, was compelled to go to a cool place.
Peculiar sensations are: Tensive sensations in head as if skull too small for the brain.
As if brain wound up.
Something shot to head like lightning the instant the injection look place.
Sight as if obscured by a fog.
Ticking of nose and tip of nose.
Tongue as if thick.
Teeth as if clenched.
In described sensation behind lower half of sternum.
As it worms in legs.
Antidote to: Electricity (Morph. acet., see ELECTRICITAS).
Antidoted by: Avena, Atrop., Bell., Strong Coffee, Aco. and Ipec. especially useful for secondary effects.
(Keaney (H. P., xv. 195) cured with one dose of Sul. c.m.
(Swan) a man who had taken two grains of morphine daily for fifteen years.) Inimical: Vinegar (it increases the painful symptoms, vertigo, c.).
Compare: Op., Codein., Apomorph. In excessive sensibility, Acon. Cham. Weeps in telling symptoms, Puls. Vertigo on least movement of head, Mosch. (Mosch. has also vertigo from movement of eyelids).
Worse by movement, Bry. (eats and other felines, and fowls, are insensitive to Morph. (H. W., xxvi. 334, xxix. 532) as rabbits are to Bell.)
Could not describe her symptoms for tears and sobs.
Emotions very easily excited.
Sad, melancholy, mute despair.
Great anxiety, thought she was going to die.
Anxious, restless, ran about the room.
Delirium like delirium tremens.
Illusions with hypochondriacal mood, sees brilliantly colored birds, hears voices, have a sensation of sitting in wet, perceive various odors, thinks he will die, thinks he sees his own burial, that persons about him are growing larger.
Terror, cried out in great alarm.
Irritable, wants to be alone.
Flow of ideas rapid and pleasant, but without control of the will, like the condition of dreaming.
Incapable of thinking or fixing mind.
After a nap head dull and confused as from disordered stomach, worse by vinegar, worse after eating, compelled to lie down.
Giddiness and drowsiness, everything turns round.
Something shot to the head like lightning the instant the injection took place.
Brain feels tense as though wound up tightly.
Vertigo from least motion of head (caused by Morphinum, verified by a cure with Morph., mur. 500).
Head dull, heavy as lead, hot.
Headache: sudden, intense, pressive, throbbing like a pulse, as if head would burst, in forehead, intolerable right side, in occiput.
Headache with drowsiness.
Tensive sensation, as it skull too small for brain, reading, writing, thinking very difficult.
Head drawn backward.
Eyes: staring, glistening, sparkling, injected, fixed, sunken, lusterless, feel too small for sockets.
Look becomes unsteady.
Paresis of internal recti, diverging strabismus.
Pupils: dilated, contracted to a minimum, unequally contracted.
Sight: dim, blurred, obscured by fogs, double with disturbed accommodation and frequently lachrymation.
Delusion of vision on closing eyes, sees a man standing at foot of bed, the room seems full of white and colored babies.
Severe pain in left ear with pain at side of left eye all day.
Ringing, surfing, roaring, tinnitus.
Sneezing, in paroxysms, coryza.
Tickling in nose, esophagus and larynx as before a sneeze.
Intense itching, tingling, numb feeling on end of nose, rubs it constantly.
Heavy, confused, wild, haggard expression.
Face: intensely flushed, puffed, livid, cyanotic.
Trismus, teeth clenched.
Tongue: dry, brown, red, tip, margins, palate scarlet, tongue violet in middle, at times trembles on putting in out.
Mouth: very dry, dry with thirst, nausea, vomiting, aversion to meat, pastry, bitter, sticky.
Discharge of watery saliva from mouth.
Made a strange noise with his mouth.
Speech: hasty, stammering, embarrassed and feeble.
Dryness and constriction in throat.
Burning back of fauces.
Paralysis of pharynx, swallowing almost impossible.
Jugular veins swollen, carotid arteries pulsating.
Loss of appetite.
Great thirst, burning.
Eructations: violent, with much acid mucus.
Nausea, faintness, constant retchings, with alternate flushes of heat and cold.
Nausea with drowsiness.
Vomiting: green matter, sour, bright green fluid, bitter, greenish water.
Pain in stomach worse by eating.
Pains in stomach, umbilicus, and bladder.
Constriction, pressure, cramp: colic, crawling in stomach.
Pain in umbilical region.
Acute pain in abdomen, and along spinal column, on every inspiration.
Colic better turning on back in morning.
Stool and Anus.
Diarrhea (the acetate generally produced diarrhea), watery, with horrid tenesmus, straining and burning in rectum, almost causing frenzy.
Constipation for a long time.
Indolent evacuation of a little feces with painful urging.
Paresis of bladder.
Suppression of stool and urine.
Urine: turbid and slimy, diabetic.
Male Sexual Organs.
The sexual excitement, voluptuous sensations and erections are incomplete or do not occur.
Pain in genital and urinary organs, especially right spermatic cord.
Female Sexual Organs.
Menses too profuse, and too early.
Sexual desire at first increased, afterwards abrogated.
Breathing: stertorous, difficult, slow, thoracic breathing entirely suspended.
Struggling for breath.
Chest tight, breathing difficult, asked to be raised, saying she felt as if she were dying
Pain in middle of sternum.
Ill with an indescribable sensation, worse then any pain, behind lower half of sternum.
Violent throbbing in heart and carotids.
Congestions of head, palpitations of heart, starts in fright if approached, touch causes cramp and twitchings.
Pulse small, weak, dicrotic.
Neck and Back.
Great pain in back.
Pain extending along spine.
Pain and twitchings all down spine.
Weakness of the loins.
Tremors, twitchings, contractions, stiffness of limbs.
Violent pain in joints.
Stiffness and pain in arms after sleep.
Fingers numb and both thumbs firmly drawn into palms.
Gait insecure, tottering, staggering.
Cramps in several muscles.
Wandering, sharp pains in legs and feet, numbness of legs and feet with falling on attempting to stand.
Her legs were twitched up and she begged that they might be held, as she could not keep them quiet, it felt as if there were worms in them.
Icy coldness of left sole as if standing on oil-cloth.
Sudden attacks of fainting.
Numb feeling all over.
Skin deathly pale.
Purple spots on body.
Skin lost its elasticity.
Eruption like zoster, but without pain.
Itching: constant, violent, all over, nose, neck, loins, inside thighs.
Prolonged deep sleep.
Half waking, half stupid condition, with perfect ability to think of different things though at the same time busy with confused fantasies, during this slumber limbs stiff and immovable, could only he moved by very great exertion of the will.
Heavy sleep with red cheeks.
Restless sleep with frequent startings.
Sleep restless with headache, fever, and itching of skin.
Dreams: pleasant, frightful.
Chills and rigors.
Icy coldness, general, of extremities, of left sole.
Heat: burning, itching, cheeks hot and flushed.
Sweat: profuse, Cold, clammy, viscid, colliquative.