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Classification: Opioid Analgesic

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II

Other names for Kadian

  • morphine sulfate

Kadian Addiction

Kadian is an extended-release pill formulation of morphine sulfate. Similar to MS Contin, Kadian is given when an opioid painkiller is necessary, sometimes during or after a surgery.

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Intended Use of Kadian

Kadian is addicting as a form of morphine, just like any opioid analgesic. Kadian is meant to solve pain issues when a regular NSAID or steroid won’t work.

How Kadian Is Taken

Kadian is taken as a pill once in a 24-hour period, as it continually releases over the course of a single day. Other ways morphine divorced from the Kadian form can be taken include:

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Side Effects of

Morphine sulfate can make users sleepy or have lowered breathing rates. There’s an overdose risk when users aren’t used to high-powered opioid drugs. Side effects of Kadian pills include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Spinning sensation
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Flushing

Signs of an
Addiction to Kadian

Doctors must watch for drug-seeking behavior. Since Kadian isn’t as addicting as synthetic opioids or heroin, the odds of an addiction forming on Kadian is lower than other drugs of a similar type. Withdrawal effects might present, which can include:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Muscle spasms

Abuse Facts

Kadian is a form of morphine, which has claimed countless lives since its introduction as an injectable drug in the 1830s. Opium, the origin of morphine, can be smoked, which was very popular in Southeast Asia at one point and was a driving agent in modern colonial history.