Kadian is a prescription medication used by patients to relieve severe pain. This medication is intended to be used daily, around-the-clock, as a long-term opioid treatment for patients who cannot treat their pain with many other medications. Kadian is classified as an opioid agonist.
Common side effects associated with Kadian include drowsiness, constipation, nausea, dizziness, and anxiety. These common side effects of the medication should go away with time. Let your doctor know if these side effects become worse or do not go away.
Other less common side effects of Kadian are headache, chills, flu syndrome, back pain, malaise, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, hypotension, hypertension, pallor, facial flushing, palpitations, bradycardia syncope, confusion, anxiety, abnormal thinking, abnormal dreams, lethargy, depression, loss of concentration, insomnia, amnesia, paresthesia, agitation, vertigo, foot drop, ataxia, hypesthesia, slurred speech, hallucinations, vasodilation, euphoria, apathy, seizures, myoclonus, gynecomastia, dysphagia, dyspepsia, stomach atony disorder, delayed gastric emptying, edema, back pain, bone pain, arthralgia, asthma, hypoxia, respiratory insufficiency, voice alternation, ulcers, skin flush, reduced libido, and more.
This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Kadian use. If you begin to think you are experiencing a side effect of the medication that is not listed above, talk to your doctor for more information.
There is always a risk of dependence or addiction when patients start pain medications, and Kadian is no different. If you think someone in your life has started to abuse Kadian, do not delay in getting professional help. Signs that may point to a Kadian addiction include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Kadian, losing interest in the hobbies or activities you once enjoyed, performing poorly at school or work, suffering financial losses due to spending money on Kadian, and more. The sooner a Kadian addiction is identified, the sooner a person can begin to live a happier, healthier, substance-free life.
Patients treating their pain with Kadian who would like to discontinue their treatment should schedule a meeting with their doctor before adjusting their treatment schedule. Never adjust your Kadian treatment schedule or dosage level unless your doctor tells you to do so. In addition, you should never stop this medication cold turkey. Abruptly stopping your Kadian treatment will predispose you to enhanced, unwanted Kadian withdrawal symptoms. If you no longer want to take Kadian, your doctor will likely gradually lower your Kadian dose over time. This strategy of tapering off the medication will help patients avoid Kadian withdrawal symptoms.
The Recovery Village can help patients suffering from Kadian addiction with its plentiful resources and treatment options. The first step in treatment, regardless of whether a patient begins with inpatient or outpatient rehab, is to remove all the Kadian from the patient’s system. Once all the Kadian is safely detoxed from the body, patients will be able to attend individual and group counseling sessions and participate in recreational activities while they recover from their Kadian addiction at The Recovery Village.
Inpatient Kadian rehab is a treatment option that can greatly benefit patients with severe Kadian addiction. By living at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient centers, patients can safely recover from their substance use disorder without distractions from their daily lives. This treatment option is also helpful for patients who may find recovery difficult while in their home environment.
Once the inpatient rehab program is complete, patients will enter outpatient Kadian rehab. In this program, patients can live at home while they come to The Recovery Village for scheduled treatment appointments. Patients with mild Kadian addiction may choose to skip inpatient rehab and begin treatment with outpatient Kadian rehab, as this program makes it easier to participate in daily life.
Choosing a Kadian rehab center to fit your unique needs is an important step in recovery. To make the most informed decision possible, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss what features you may need in a Kadian rehab center.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Kadian addiction or another form of a substance use disorder, seek professional help right away. To learn more about the life-saving opportunities offered by The Recovery Village, contact us online or call our toll-free, 24-hour helpline at 844-870-5677
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