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Classification: Opioid Analgesic
Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II
Other names for Kadian
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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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.
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:
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:
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:
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.