Kadian – FAQ

Kadian is a time-released formula of morphine that allows the person taking it to only need one dose every 24 hours.  It is a pain reliever that is infrequently prescribed due to its potency and is mostly used to treat severe pain under end-of-life circumstances. When it is prescribed, it is done so most commonly for people suffering from serious and long-term chronic pain when other less potent pain medications have not worked.

As an opioid drug, Kadian has the potential to be abused and can be highly addictive. It works by binding with opioid receptors in the brain to act on and alleviate pain and, in addition, it also releases dopamine which causes pleasurable and sometimes euphoric sensations for the user. These factors are what has led this drug to make its way to the black market where abuse begins.

When tampered with, usually by first crushing the pill then snorting the powder or dissolving it in water and then injecting it, the chemicals used to control the extended-release aspect can further enhance any euphoric effect. This effect is said to be similar to that encountered with heroin use but is more intense. Tampering with Kadian can easily lead to an overdose and the following side effects may be seen: weak muscles, extreme fatigue, respiratory depression, slowed heart rate, stupor, pupil constriction, unconsciousness, coma, and even death.

Misuse of Kadian and attempting to withdraw from it should be addressed in a treatment program with the help of professionals, as the withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and can last for a long time if not properly managed.

If you or somebody you know is using Kadian and you suspect there may be an addiction, you can learn more by checking out the FAQ section, or contact The Recovery Village at any time to get the answers you need.