Embeda (Morphine and Naltrexone) Addiction And Abuse
The naltrexone in Embeda is called sequestered naltrexone. When Embeda is used as directed and prescribed, the morphine is released into the system of the individual. The naltrexone then goes through the gastrointestinal tract but isn’t absorbed. Theoretically, when used as prescribed, the naltrexone would not affect the individual. However, if someone were to crush or chew the capsules, the naltrexone could reverse the effects of the morphine. The naltrexone in Embeda is encased in a specialized film that isn’t digested. However, it breaks open when there is a physical disruption to the morphine pellets. The effects of Embeda may be less appealing than with other opioid drugs, but that appeal may not disappear altogether.
The primary difference between Embeda and other extended-release versions of morphine is the misuse-deterrent naltrexone. Other extended-release versions of morphine that don’t contain naltrexone include Avinza and MS Contin. Embeda is available in a variety of strengths starting at 8 mg and going up to 100 mg. Embeda is usually taken every 24 hours for continual pain treatment. Despite the inclusion of misuse-deterring naltrexone, there are risks associated with the use of Embeda. This medication shouldn’t be prescribed to people with a history of drug misuse or mental health disorders. There is also a risk of overdose associated with the use of Embeda. Common possible side effects of Embeda can include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness and abdominal pain.
- Embeda 20 mg: This capsule is yellow and is printed with Embeda 20.
- Embeda 30 mg: This is a purple capsule, printed with Embeda 30.
- Embeda 50 mg: The 50 mg Embeda capsule is blue and printed with Embeda 50.
Embeda 60 mg is a red capsule and is printed with Embeda and 60. An 80 mg dosage is peach-colored, and a 100 mg dose of Embeda is green. The amount of naltrexone is each dosage varies depending on the morphine strength.
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