Embeda –FAQ

Embeda is an extended-release narcotic drug that combines morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride in the form of extended-release capsules. It is prescribed to manage pain in patients that is severe and requires daily, round the clock, and long-term treatment with an opioid when non-opioid pain relievers have failed to work.

It is important that this drug be taken as prescribed and not abused in dosing or method of ingestion as, per the manufacturer (Pfizer), life-threatening conditions can occur. Embeda is intended to be taken whole in its capsule form. If it is crushed, dissolved, or chewed there can be a reduction in the analgesic effect of morphine, or, of more concern, an uncontrolled delivery of morphine that can lead to overdose or death due to respiratory failure. Additionally, there can be a quick release of naltrexone that can bring on sudden withdrawal-like symptoms in individuals who are already opioid-dependent. These symptoms can appear in as little as 5 minutes and last for up to 48 hours. Withdrawal symptoms can include chills, muscle pain, pupil dilation, excessive perspiration, excessive eye tearing, runny nose, mental changes, restlessness, or vomiting and diarrhea followed by fluid loss.

The opioid component of Embeda makes it a candidate for addiction as with any other narcotic. Long-term use leads the person’s body to physically develop a need for higher doses of the medication to achieve the same level of relief once attained at a lower dose. This can cause the person to seek out more of the drug or choose to self-manage their dosing. Such behavior can cause an addiction to Embeda that can be extremely dangerous so participation in a drug treatment program in conjunction with other professional care should be sought out to break this pattern.

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