Morphine Topical Gel

Morphine topical gel is a medicine used on the skin to help reduce wound pain. It is made from morphine and other medicines that make it become a gel. This pain medicine comes in a syringe.

Special Instructions

  • Use as directed by your child’s doctor.
  • Use only on the skin. Do not use it in or around the eyes or inside the body.
  • Wash your hands and put on clean gloves before you apply the medicine to the skin. 
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the syringe/package.
  • Pharmacies may use different ingredients to mix with the morphine. This may affect how well it works and the possible side effects. It may vary from the medicine you get from Cincinnati Children’s.  
  • The starting dose is often limited to 0.1mg/kg, because precise dosing data are not available.
  • Keep this medicine out of the reach of children.
  • If this medicine is accidentally swallowed, call the Drug & Poison Information Center (DPIC) 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

Possible Side Effects

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Burning

Call Your Child’s Doctor If:

Call your child’s doctor if you notice:

  • Rash
  • Itching or hives
  • Swelling of the face or hands, or wherever the medicine was applied

Last Updated 06/2020

Reviewed By Holly Stahlman, MSN, APRN, CPNP