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  • A strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic) that is used to manage pain severe enough to require daily around-the-clock, long-term treatment with an opioid, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines or immediate-release opioid medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them.
  • A long-acting (extended-release) opioid pain medicine that can put you at risk for overdose and death. Even if you take your dose correctly as prescribed you are at risk for opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse that can lead to death.
  • Not for use to treat pain that is not around-the-clock.

Important information about KADIAN:

  • Get emergency help right away if you take too much KADIAN (overdose). When you first start taking KADIAN, when your dose is changed, or if you take too much (overdose), serious or life threatening breathing problems that can lead to death may occur.
  • Never give anyone else your KADIAN. They could die from taking it. Store KADIAN away from children and in a safe place to prevent stealing or abuse. Selling or giving away KADIAN is against the law.

Do not take KADIAN if you have:

  • severe asthma, trouble breathing, or other lung problems.
  • a bowel blockage or have narrowing of the stomach or intestines.

Before taking KADIAN, tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of:

  • head injury, seizures
  • liver, kidney, thyroid problems
  • problems urinating
  • pancreas or gallbladder problems
  • abuse of street or prescription drugs, alcohol addiction, or mental health problems.

Tell your healthcare provider if you are:

  • pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Prolonged use of KADIAN during pregnancy can cause withdrawal symptoms in your newborn baby that could be life-threatening if not recognized and treated.
  • breastfeeding. KADIAN passes into breast milk and may harm your baby.
  • taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Taking KADIAN with certain other medicines can cause serious side effects.

When taking KADIAN:

  • Do not change your dose. Take KADIAN exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Take your prescribed dose every 12 or 24 hours at the same time every day. Do not take more than your prescribed dose in 24 hours. If you miss a dose, take your next dose at your usual time.
  • Swallow KADIAN whole. Do not cut, break, chew, crush, dissolve, snort, or inject KADIAN because this may cause you to overdose and die.
  • You should not receive KADIAN through a nasogastric tube.
  • If you cannot swallow KADIAN capsules, see the detailed Instructions for Use.
  • Call your healthcare provider if the dose you are taking does not control your pain.
  • Do not stop taking KADIAN without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • After you stop taking KADIAN, flush any unused capsules down the toilet.

While taking KADIAN DO NOT:

  • Drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how KADIAN affects you. KADIAN can make you sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded.
  • Drink alcohol or use prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol. Using products containing alcohol during treatment with KADIAN may cause you to overdose and die.

The possible side effects of KADIAN are:

  • constipation, nausea, sleepiness, vomiting, tiredness, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain. Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms and they are severe.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, chest pain, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, extreme drowsiness, light-headedness when changing positions, or you are feeling faint.

These are not all the possible side effects of KADIAN. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information go to dailymed.nlm.nih.gov

Distributed By: Actavis Pharma, Inc., Parsippany, NJ 07054 USA, www.KADIAN.com or call 1-800-272-5525. Revised: April 2014

Instructions For Use

(key-dee-uhn) (morphine sulfate) extended-release Capsules, CII

If you cannot swallow KADIAN capsules, tell your healthcare provider. There may be another way to take KADIAN that may be right for you. If your healthcare provider tells you that you can take KADIAN using this other way, follow these steps:

KADIAN can be opened and the pellets inside the capsule can be sprinkled over applesauce, as follows:

Open the KADIAN capsule and sprinkle the pellets over about one tablespoon of applesauce (See Figure 1).

Figure 1

Sprinkle the pellets over about one tablespoon of applesauce - Illustration

  • Swallow all of the applesauce and pellets right away. Do not save any of the applesauce and pellets for another dose (See Figure 2).

Figure 2

Swallow all of the applesauce and pellets right away - Illustration

  • Rinse your mouth to make sure you have swallowed all of the pellets. Do not chew the pellets (See Figure 3).

Figure 3

Rinse your mouth to make sure you have swallowed all of the pellets - Illustration

  • Flush the empty capsule down the toilet right away (See Figure 4).

Figure 4

Flush the empty capsule - Illustration

You should not receive KADIAN through a nasogastric tube.

This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/30/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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