Certain people aren’t ideal candidates for Embeda. People with previous substance misuse problems may not be prescribed Embeda for example. Even though Embeda is designed to lower the risk of opioid misuse, that risk doesn’t disappear altogether. Someone who has a history of certain health conditions might not be prescribed Embeda either. This can include a history of seizures, liver, kidney or thyroid problems, or head injuries. When people are prescribed Embeda, they’re warned against using alcohol, and they should speak to their physician about any other medicines they use, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements.
- Have no previous experience using opioids (this includes children, so Embeda should be safely stored)
- Take a larger dose or take Embeda more often than prescribed
- Use Embeda in any way other than what’s prescribed, including crushing it, breaking it, chewing it, snorting it or injecting it
- Use Embeda with alcohol
- Mix Embeda with other central nervous system depressants, such as benzodiazepines or prescription sleep aids
- If someone stopped using opioids and then reuses Embeda, they are at a higher risk of overdosing because of a decrease intolerance
- Slow, shallow or labored breathing
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Extreme drowsiness
- Problems urinating
- A bluish tint to lips or fingernails
- Clammy skin
- Pinpoint pupils
- Coordination problems
- Loss of coordination
- Blurry vision
- Slow heartbeat
- Limp muscles
- Nodding off
- Loss of consciousness
- Gurgling or snoring sounds
If someone is believed to be overdosing on Embeda, it’s essential to seek emergency medical care. Since morphine is an opioid, the overdose symptoms and respiratory depression may be able to be reversed with the use of Narcan, but it has to happen quickly. If someone doesn’t receive treatment for a morphine overdose, they can suffer brain damage, go into a coma or die. Even with treatment, these outcomes are possible. Even if someone overdoses on Embeda and Narcan is administered right away, they still need medical care to assess and mitigate the damage that could have been done from the lack of oxygen during the overdose.
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