Kadian is a medication that can be prescribed to treat chronic moderate to severe pain. It is a long-acting drug that is meant to be taken on a schedule, rather than as needed. The capsules, which are taken once or twice a day, contain tiny extended-release pellets that release morphine slowly and evenly throughout the day. Potential side effects of Kadian include nausea, drowsiness, and constipation.
Kadian® (morphine sulfate ER) is a long-acting prescription medication approved to treat moderate to severe pain when continuous, around-the-clock use of painkillers is necessary for an extended period of time. It is not approved for short-term or "as needed" (not around-the-clock) use. It is a narcotic and is classified as a controlled substance, which means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
Kadian is made by Actavis Elizabeth LLC and is marketed and distributed by Alpharma Pharmaceuticals LLC.
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.