Kaidan is used to treat serious chronic pain (such as pain related to cancer). This medication, also called Morphine, pertains to the opioid analgesics family of medicines. It changes how your body experiences and reacts to pain by acting on the brain. The higher doses of this drug (100 mg per capsule and higher) should only be used if you have been taking moderate to large quantities of an opioid pain prescription on a daily basis. If consumed by someone who hasn’t been taking opiates routinely, these levels can lead to overdose (and even mortality). The sustained-action version of morphine to treat pain that is mild or will go away in a few days.
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.
Morphine has the potential to slow or stop your breathing and may become habit-forming. KADIAN MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in children or others who use the medication without a prescription. Keep the medication in a location where others cannot access it.
Using Kadian while pregnant can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
If you combine Kadian with alcohol or other medications that induce drowsiness or impede your respiration, you could die.
Before you begin using morphine, and each time you get a prescription, read the Medication Guide given by your doctor. If you have any concerns, speak with your doctor or pharmacy.
Take this medicine on a regular basis, as instructed by your doctor, rather than only when you are experiencing severe pain. Take this medication with or without meals, typically once or twice per day (every 12 or 24 hours). If you have nausea, taking this medication with food may help. Inquire with your doctor or chemist about other methods to reduce nausea.
The dosage is determined by your medical state as well as your reaction to therapy. Do not take the medication more frequently or for an extended period of time than recommended. When instructed, discontinue taking the medication.
If you are administering this medicine via a specific tube into the stomach (gastric tube), consult your doctor for specific directions.
Before you begin taking this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacy to see if you should discontinue or modify your use of any other narcotic medications (s). Other pain medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, may be given as well. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacy about using morphine securely with other medications.
KADIAN is recommended for the treatment of pain that is intense enough to necessitate daily, around-the-clock opioid therapy and for which alternative treatment choices are insufficient.
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