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Dr. Norman Cohen
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Kadian (Overview)

Kadian is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a kind of pain medication.


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What is kadian (morphine) used for?

What is kadian (morphine) used for?

Kadian (morphine): This is morphine n a long acting form. It is used to moderate to severe long duration pain - you are expected to be on this medication for a long period of time. ...Read more

Dr. Norman Cohen
55 Doctors shared insights

Kadian (Overview)

Kadian is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a kind of pain medication.


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I'm taking kadian (morphine) its not working what other meds can I try?

Discuss with Doc: This is a question for your pain management specialist if you are using one. If you are under the care of your primary care physician then a consult to a specialist is recommended. There are several other opioids that may be beneficial as well as other non-opioids that could work together with the Kadian (morphine) to make it more effective. ...Read more

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I have to replace my pain management doctor. He feels there is no longer anything he can do to help me with my pain. I am on kadi I am on kadian (time release morphone) and have been on it for years. The dose he has me at stopped being helpful several mont

I have to replace my pain management doctor. He feels there is no longer anything he can do to help me with my pain. I am on kadi I am on kadian (time release morphone) and have been on it for years. The dose he has me at stopped being helpful several mont

At: At this point, you need to move forward to ensure continuity of your care. As one of the prior answers noted, if you start experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, you should go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center for treatment. If you are not safe to drive during such symptoms, you should call 911.

At this time, the next step would be to get an appointment with another pain management physician for transition of your care. There may be other medication options possible, if you have demonstrated compliance with your medications to date and do not have any history of medication addiction. There may also be interventional options that may be applicable, depending on your history, exam and diagnosis by such provider.

Some suggestions for finding a new physician:
1) contact your prior physician and inquire about names of other pain management physicians in the area that s/he would recommend
2) contact your insurance company for names of other pain management physicians in your insurance plan
3) contact your county health dept for recommendations of pain management physicians in the area
4) contact one of the area's major medical centers (i.e. Hospital) or go to the facility's website to find out if they have pain management providers on board

you will need to contact the new provider to schedule your appointment. It would be in your best interest to obtain copies of your medical records from your prior practice to bring with you to your new office visit, so that the new physician has a thorough history of your treatments to date. In addition, for most pain physicians, s/he will not prescribe new medications without evidence from the prior treating physician of your compliance with treatments and also copies of prescriptions to confirm your prior medication dosing. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the drug kadian (morphine) to work well?

Kadian (morphine) howlong takes: Kadian (morphine) is a a long acting morphin and it should start working within few hours on the appropriate dose. It can be given every 12 hours in divided dose, or it can be given as one dose every 24 hours. It comes in various strength, 20, 30, 50, 60, 80 and 100 mgm. ...Read more

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What are the side effects to kadian (morphine)?

What are the side effects to kadian (morphine)?

Side effects of kadi: Drowsiness, sedation, euphorea, respiratory depression, constipation, nausea&vomiting, dry mouth, dyspepsia, esophageal reflux, increased biliary pressure and intestinal obstruction, constriction of the common bile duct and spasm of sphinter of oddi, making biliary colic worse. It can also cause uncoordinated duodenal contraction and decrease gastri emptying.Insomnia
withdrawl symptoms when abruptly stopped. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my pharmacy didn't carry kadian 10 mg ER so they gave me morphine sul ER 15 mg. Is there much difference?

Verify: That your doctor OK'ed the substitution. That is a 50% higher dose of Morphine. There should have been a modification of the directions, also if that substitution was done. Pharmacists don't have the authority to change a RX that much without permission from the Dr. ...Read more

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What is kadian (morphine) used for?

Kadian (morphine): This is morphine n a long acting form. It is used to moderate to severe long duration pain - you are expected to be on this medication for a long period of time. ...Read more

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Can the drug kadian (morphine) hurt me?

Kadian (morphine) ABUSE: Yes it can if you abuse the drug, take it without doctors prescription, of the street, take more than the prescribed dose, you can overdose on it.
It can cause severe side effects if you overdose, including coma and respiratory arrest
it can cause opiate addiction and it can hurt you if you take it from the street
kadian is a controlled drug has to be taken under medical supervision and by presciptio. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the drug kadian (morphine) to work well?

Kadian (morphine) howlong takes: Kadian (morphine) is a a long acting morphin and it should start working within few hours on the appropriate dose. It can be given every 12 hours in divided dose, or it can be given as one dose every 24 hours. It comes in various strength, 20, 30, 50, 60, 80 and 100 mgm. ...Read more

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I'm taking kadian (morphine) its not working what other meds can I try?

Discuss with Doc: This is a question for your pain management specialist if you are using one. If you are under the care of your primary care physician then a consult to a specialist is recommended. There are several other opioids that may be beneficial as well as other non-opioids that could work together with the Kadian (morphine) to make it more effective. ...Read more

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What are the side effects to kadian (morphine)?

Side effects of kadi: Drowsiness, sedation, euphorea, respiratory depression, constipation, nausea&vomiting, dry mouth, dyspepsia, esophageal reflux, increased biliary pressure and intestinal obstruction, constriction of the common bile duct and spasm of sphinter of oddi, making biliary colic worse. It can also cause uncoordinated duodenal contraction and decrease gastri emptying.Insomnia
withdrawl symptoms when abruptly stopped. ...Read more

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Is kadian (morphine) going to have bad side effects?

It depends: Kadian is morphine in a long-acting formulation. Side effects of morphine include constipation, itching, urinary retention, sedation, reparatory depression, and depression. The side effects are dose related. Always try to take the lowest possible dose that provides adequate analgesia. Don't expect too much-the best analgesic can reduce pain only by about 50%. ...Read more

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I'm taking kadian (morphine) its not working what other long acting meds should I try?

I'm taking kadian (morphine) its not working what other long acting meds should I try?

Adjust: Kadian (morphine) is a strong opiate with a good delivery system. If you are not having any side effects from the medication an are tolerating it well, with the approval of your doctor I would titrate the dosage higher. ...Read more

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I have been on kadian (morphine) 60mg 1/12hrs and hydromorphon 8mg 1/3-4 hrs not to exceed 7 in a day for about 9 years. I am tolerant, and wonder about going to16mg on the hydromorphon? Thoughts?

Not able: To comment. Do not know what you are being treated for and what has been tried to even reduce your meds much less go up. Less is always better so you and your docs have to have that serious conversation. An outsider can't really help especially with no info. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between kadian (morphine) and vicodin?

Is there a difference between kadian (morphine) and vicodin?

Kadian (morphine) Vicodin: Yes-kadian is a once or q12hrs -long acting morphine. Vicodin is a short acting hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Both are used very differently. The former is for long term use and the latter for short duration use. ...Read more

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Does kadian (morphine) have an opiate blocker in a 80mg capsule?

Does kadian (morphine) have an opiate blocker in a 80mg capsule?

There is an 80mg cap: The package information sheet for Kadian extended release morphine capsules says it comes in 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 130, 150, and 200 mg. ...Read more

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How strong is kadian (morphine) compared with norco?

How strong is kadian (morphine) compared with norco?

Potency: Kadian is extended release morphine dosed every 12 hours. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is immediate release hydrocodone. On a mg to mg basis it takes 1.5 mg of morphine to be as analgesic as 1.0 mg if hydrocodone. ...Read more

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How does kadian (morphine) 50mg compare with norco 325mg?

A lot more: Kadian (extended release morphine) has the same pain reducing potency (mg for mg) as hydrocodone, which is in norco. The 325 in Norco 325 refers to the tylenol (acetaminophen) dose. Usually there is another number (5 or 10) preceding it (eg. Norco 5/325) which indicates the hydrocodone dose. So Kadian 50 is like 10 Norco 5/325s. Beware: taking greater than 3000 mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) per day can cause severe liver damage. ...Read more

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What is the difference between MS contin and kadian (morphine)?

What is the difference between MS contin and kadian (morphine)?

Duration of Action: Kadian seems to reliably work for 12 to 24 hours for "tolerant" patients. Ms conting lasts only 6 to 8 hours and is seldom dispensed by pharmacies due to the multiple companies making a generic version. The generics have even more variabilty in their duration. Kadian uses a delivery mechanism that is more reliable over a longer period. They both contain morphine as the active drug. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Kadian (morphine) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Kadian (morphine) allergy?

Morphine Allergy: Kadian is an extended-release form of morphine. Serious allergic reactions are not common. Sxs of an anaphylactic rxn could include: hives; difficulty breathing &/or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. ...Read more

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Is year old prescription of kadian (morphine) going to have bad side effects and will it hurt me?

Hmmmmm: If you have a-year-old prescription for Kadian (morphine) and you are asking this question, I'm concerned that your pain management needs are not being adequately monitored. You need to get in touch with the physician that wrote that prescription, before you make a mistake. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my pharmacy didn't carry kadian 10 mg ER so they gave me morphine sul ER 15 mg. Is there much difference?

Verify: That your doctor OK'ed the substitution. That is a 50% higher dose of Morphine. There should have been a modification of the directions, also if that substitution was done. Pharmacists don't have the authority to change a RX that much without permission from the Dr. ...Read more

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My pharmacy didn't carry kadian 10 mg ER so they gave me morphine sul ER 15 mg. Are these interchangeable? What's the difference?

Pretty much: They are both long acting morphine preparations kadian is a twice a day drug whereas MSER may need to be taken 3x/d to get the same result. ...Read more

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I have to replace my pain management doctor. He feels there is no longer anything he can do to help me with my pain. I am on kadi I am on kadian (time release morphone) and have been on it for years. The dose he has me at stopped being helpful several mont

At: At this point, you need to move forward to ensure continuity of your care. As one of the prior answers noted, if you start experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, you should go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center for treatment. If you are not safe to drive during such symptoms, you should call 911.

At this time, the next step would be to get an appointment with another pain management physician for transition of your care. There may be other medication options possible, if you have demonstrated compliance with your medications to date and do not have any history of medication addiction. There may also be interventional options that may be applicable, depending on your history, exam and diagnosis by such provider.

Some suggestions for finding a new physician:
1) contact your prior physician and inquire about names of other pain management physicians in the area that s/he would recommend
2) contact your insurance company for names of other pain management physicians in your insurance plan
3) contact your county health dept for recommendations of pain management physicians in the area
4) contact one of the area's major medical centers (i.e. Hospital) or go to the facility's website to find out if they have pain management providers on board

you will need to contact the new provider to schedule your appointment. It would be in your best interest to obtain copies of your medical records from your prior practice to bring with you to your new office visit, so that the new physician has a thorough history of your treatments to date. In addition, for most pain physicians, s/he will not prescribe new medications without evidence from the prior treating physician of your compliance with treatments and also copies of prescriptions to confirm your prior medication dosing. ...Read more

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How will morphine sulfate affect awake state?

Sleepy: All opioid analgesics have a tendancy to make one sleepy. ...Read more

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What is morphine sulfate 5 mg max dose a day?

None: There is no ceiling dose for morphine, as long as a patient tolerates it well and has no adverse side effects which includes increased pain, the morphine can be continually increased by a doctor. DO NOT increase the dose of morphine without consulting your doctor. It is not only dangerous, but could break the trust in your doctor-patient relationship. ...Read more

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Has anyone taking morphine sulfate or avinza 30mg cp24?

Both used widely: Both are excellent sustained release preparations of morphine. Avinza is a once a day product. Ms contin is used 2-3 times per day. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a 45-60mg dose of morphine sulfate safe?

I was wondering is a 45-60mg dose of morphine sulfate safe?

Speak with Doctor: This is not a place for dispensing information on what opiate pain medication is appropriate for you without actually knowing more about your medical history. As an aside, pain medication are rarely ever helpful in a long term situation with this pain. ...Read more