Kadian for Pain
Extended Release Pain Meds
What exactly is Kadian for pain?
Kadian (morphine) is an opioid pain reliever. An opioid is also known as a narcotic.
Extended-release capsules of Kadian are used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Kadian extended-release capsules are used to treat pain around the clock when other pain medications, such as non-opioid pain relievers or immediate-release opioid pain relievers, do not adequately treat your pain or you are unable to tolerate them.
Kadian should not be used for pain on an as-needed basis.
If you have severe asthma or breathing problems, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or a bowel obstruction known as paralytic ileus, you should not take Kadian for pain
Morphine has the potential to slow or stop your breathing and may become habit-forming. ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH CAN RESULT FROM THE MISUSE OF KADIAN, SPECIFICALLY IN A CHILD OR OTHER PERSON USING THE MEDICINE WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. Keep the medication in a location where others will not be able to access it.
Using Kadian for painwhile pregnant can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
If you combine Kadian with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing, you could die.
Prior to using this medication,
You should not take Kadian for pain if you have ever had an allergic reaction to morphine or other narcotic medications, or if you have any of the following conditions:
severe asthma or breathing difficulties;
an obstruction of the stomach or bowel (including paralytic ileus); or
if you’ve recently taken an MAO inhibitor, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine.
To ensure that Kadian is suitable for you, inform your doctor if you have ever had:
Breathing issues, sleep apnea (breathing stops while sleeping);
a concussion, a brain tumor, or seizures;
an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or a mental illness;
disease of the liver or kidneys; or
You may be experiencing gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid issues.
If you use opioid medications while pregnant, your baby may become addicted to the drug. This can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. Babies born addicted to opioids may require medical care for several weeks.
If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking any opioid medication. Inform your doctor if you notice the nursing baby is drowsy or breathing slowly.
What should I do with Kadian?
Take Kadian exactly as your doctor has instructed. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take Kadian in larger doses or for a longer period of time than prescribed. Inform your doctor if you have an increased desire to take more of this medication.
Never give opioid medication to anyone else, especially someone who has a history of drug addiction. ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH CAN RESULT FROM MISUSE. Keep the medicine out of reach of others. It is illegal to sell or distribute this medication.
When you start taking Kadian, you should discontinue all other narcotic pain medications that you are taking around the clock.
To avoid a potentially fatal overdose, swallow the capsule whole. Crushing, chewing, or dissolving the pellets results in uncontrolled morphine delivery, which can lead to overdose or death.
If you stop using Kadian abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Before discontinuing medication, consult with your doctor.
Never crush or break a Kadian capsule in order to inhale the powder or mix it with a liquid in order to inject the drug into your vein. The misuse of morphine and other prescription drugs has resulted in death as a result of this practice.
Heat, moisture, and light should all be avoided when storing at room temperature. Keep a record of your medications. You should be aware if someone is abusing it or using it without a prescription.
Do not keep any unused opioid medication. A single dose of this medication can be fatal if taken incorrectly or accidentally. Inquire with your pharmacist about drug disposal programs in your area. If no take-back program exists, flush the unused medication down the toilet.
Adult Standard Dose for Kadian for pain
Capsules for extended release:
Different extended-release products do not have the same bioequivalence. Conversion from one extended-release product to the same total daily dose of another extended-release product may result in excessive sedation at peak or insufficient analgesia at trough. Before prescribing, individual product information should be reviewed, and dosage should be tailored to the individual patient.
The first dose is 30 mg taken orally every 24 hours.
Tolerant to opioids:
A suitable dose should be taken 1 to 2 times per day.
Kadian dosing information in great detail
What if I forget to take a dose?
Kadian is typically taken once per day (every 24 hours) or twice per day (every 12 hours). You are unlikely to miss a dose of this medication because it is used to treat pain. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then proceed with your next dose as follows:
If you take Kadian once a day, you should wait 24 hours before taking your next dose.
If you take Kadian twice a day, you should wait 12 hours before taking your next dose.
Take no more than one dose at a time. Do not exceed your prescribed dose within a 24-hour period.
What happens if I take too much?
Seek emergency medical attention or dial 1-800-222-1222 for Poison Help. An overdose can be fatal, especially if the victim is a child or is taking opioid medication without a prescription. Overdoes can cause severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing at all.
Your doctor may advise you to obtain naloxone (a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose) and keep it on hand at all times. If you stop breathing or do not wake up, someone who is caring for you can administer naloxone. Your caregiver must still seek emergency medical assistance and may need to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on you while waiting for help.
Naloxone can be purchased from a pharmacy or the local health department by anyone. Make sure anyone who is looking after you knows where you keep your naloxone and how to use it.
What should I avoid if I use Kadian?
Consume no alcoholic beverages. It is possible that dangerous side effects or death will occur.
Avoid driving or engaging in risky activities until you know how this medication will affect you. Dizziness and drowsiness can lead to falls, accidents, and serious injuries.
Side effects of Kadian
If you have hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, seek emergency medical attention.
Opioid medication can slow or stop your breathing, and it is possible that you will die as a result. If you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue lips, or are difficult to wake up, someone caring for you should seek emergency medical attention.
If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor right away:
Sighing, weak or shallow breathing, and breathing that stops are all symptoms of a slow heart rate.
Fast or pounding heartbeats, chest pain
extreme drowsiness, feeling as if you’re going to pass out;
Agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, and diarrhea are symptoms of serotonin syndrome.
Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness are all symptoms of low cortisol levels.
Serious breathing problems may be more common in the elderly, the debilitated, or those suffering from wasting syndrome or chronic breathing disorders.
The following are some of the most common Kadian side effects:
drowsiness, dizziness, and exhaustion;
constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting
feelings of ecstasy or melancholy
This is not an exhaustive list of possible side effects; others may occur. For medical advice on side effects, contact your doctor. You can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.
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What other drugs will have an effect on Kadian?
When combined with opioid medication, many other drugs can be dangerous. Inform your doctor if you also take:
other opioid medications
benzodiazepine sedatives such as Valium, Klonopin, or Xanax;
sleep medication, muscle relaxants, or other drowsy drugs; or
Antidepressants, stimulants, and medications for migraines or Parkinson’s disease all affect serotonin.
This is not an exhaustive list. Many drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products, may interact with morphine. This list does not include all possible interactions.
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