Kadian is a prescription medication primarily used to treat the symptoms of severe to chronic pain. It is commonly known by its generic name Morphine. Kadian is available as long-acting capsules or tablets.
These capsules or tablets contain enough Morphine to relieve pain for 12 or 24 hours and are designed to release the medication slowly over that period of time.
Kadian is considered to be a Schedule II narcotic and is in the class of opiate analgesic drugs. This means that this drug has a high potential for addiction and abuse. This is an extremely dangerous drug to abuse.
The risk of overdose is especially high with Kadian because the long-acting Kadian capsules to release too much morphine too quickly. The capsules contain tiny extended-release pellets that release too much medication if crushed, chewed, snorted like cocaine, dissolved, or injected intravenously;
this could easily lead to a lethal overdose.
Kadian can become habit-forming and induce both physical and psychological dependence that will lead to an opioid withdrawal syndrome upon cessation.
Kadian potential for dependency will be different for each individual depending on the severity of abuse. A person who is addicted to Kadian and has taken high doses of this drug over long periods of time will have a hard time coming off of this drug because of the severe withdrawal symptoms they will experience. As it has been proven many times, a person who is addicted to Kadian will continue the abuse of this drug because of the fear of withdrawal. But withdrawal does not have to be so uncomfortable.
The withdrawal from Kadian can be done safely and comfortably with the proper treatment. To withdraw from Kadian successfully, a medical detox is suggested. Withdrawal symptoms usually set in within hours of the last dose and last up to 2 weeks after discontinuation of this drug. The withdrawal process begins because the body is so used to having this drug in its system a person craves the drug and without it they will feel physically sick. Symptoms of withdrawal can range from mild to severe depending on the severity of each individual addiction.