Kadian capsules contain tiny extended-release pellets that contain morphine. These pellets are specially designed to release the morphine evenly throughout the day, whether Kadian is taken once a day or twice a day.
Morphine is an opioid narcotic medication. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces a number of different effects. These effects include, but are not limited to:
- Pain relief
- Cough suppression
- Unusual unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or unusual pleasant feelings (euphoria)
- Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
- Slowing of the digestive tract
- Certain changes in the circulatory system
- Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
- Physical dependence.
Kadian is not approved for use in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Kadian for something other than chronic pain. This is known as "off-label" use. At this time, however, there are no universally accepted, legitimate off-label Kadian uses.