Kadian Dosage

General Information on Dosing With Kadian

Considerations for people taking Kadian include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day, around-the-clock. It is not meant to be taken "as needed" (at unscheduled times and only when needed for pain).
     
  • Never crush, chew, or dissolve the capsules, as this would release a dangerous amount of morphine. It is also dangerous to inject this medication, as it contains inactive ingredients that can cause damage when injected directly into the bloodstream.
     
  • Most people swallow the capsules whole. However, if you have difficulty swallowing, your healthcare provider may recommend taking the medication with applesauce. To do this, open the capsule and sprinkle the pellets on a small amount of room-temperature (or colder) applesauce. Swallow the applesauce immediately and completely, without chewing. Rinse your mouth and swallow to make sure there are no pellets remaining in your mouth.
     
  • This medication can also be given in a stomach tube (a gastrostomy tube) but not in a nasogastric tube (that goes through the nose). Ask your healthcare provider for specific instructions for giving this medication through a stomach tube.
     
  • You can take the medication with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking the capsules with food.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking Kadian, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Kadian Withdrawal).
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your Kadian dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
     
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