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Kadian Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin, MSIR, Oramorph SR

Generic Name: morphine (Pronunciation: MOR feen)

What is morphine (Kadian)?

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting morphine is taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock pain relief is needed.

Morphine is not for treating pain just after surgery unless you were already taking morphine before the surgery.

Morphine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Avinza 120 mg

capsule, blue/white, imprinted with AVINZA, 120mg 508

Avinza 30 mg

capsule, white/yellow, imprinted with AVINZA, 30 mg 505

Avinza 45 mg

capsule, blue/white, imprinted with AVINZA, 45 MG 509

Avinza 60 mg

capsule, blue/white, imprinted with AVINZA, 60 mg 506

Avinza 90 mg

capsule, red/white, imprinted with AVINZA, 90 mg 507

Kadian 10 mg

capsule, blue, imprinted with KADIAN, 10mg

Kadian 100 mg

capsule, green, imprinted with KADIAN, 100 mg

Kadian 200 mg

capsule, brown, imprinted with KADIAN, 200 mg

Kadian 30 mg

capsule, blue, imprinted with KADIAN, 30 mg

Kadian 50 mg

capsule, blue, imprinted with KADIAN, 50 mg

Kadian 60 mg

capsule, pink, imprinted with KADIAN, 60 mg

Kadian 80 mg

capsule, orange, imprinted with KADIAN, 80 mg

Morphine 100 mg ER-MAL

round, gray, imprinted with 100, M inside square

Morphine 15 mg ER-MAL

round, blue, imprinted with 15, M inside square

Morphine 15 mg SR-ETH

oval, green, imprinted with 15, E

Morphine 15 mg-ROX

round, white, imprinted with 54 733

Morphine 200 mg ER-MAL

oblong, green, imprinted with 200, M inside square

Morphine 30 mg ER-MAL

round, purple, imprinted with 30, M inside square

Morphine 30 mg-ROX

round, white/blue specks, imprinted with 54 262

Morphine 60 mg ER-MAL

round, orange, imprinted with 60, M inside square

Morphine 60 mg SR-ETH

oval, white, imprinted with 60, E

Morphine ER 100 mg-ABG

round, gray, imprinted with ABG, 100

Morphine ER 15 mg-ABG

round, blue, imprinted with ABG, 15

Morphine ER 30 mg-ABG

round, pink, imprinted with ABG, 30

Morphine ER 60 mg-ABG

round, pink, imprinted with ABG, 60

Morphine IR 15 mg-ETH

round, brown, imprinted with 15, ETH

Morphine IR 30 mg-ETH

oblong, brown, imprinted with 30, ETHEX

Morphine SR 100 mg-WAT

round, imprinted with 100, ABG

Morphine SR 15 mg-WAT

round, imprinted with 15, ABG

Morphine SR 200 mg-WAT

oblong, green, imprinted with 200, ABG

Morphine SR 30 mg-WAT

round, purple, imprinted with 30, ABG

Morphine SR 60 mg-WAT

round, imprinted with 60, ABG

MS Contin 100 mg

round, gray, imprinted with PF, 100

MS Contin 15 mg

round, blue, imprinted with M 15, PF

MS Contin 200 mg

round, green, imprinted with PF, M 200

MS Contin 30 mg

round, pink, imprinted with PF, M 30

MS Contin 60 mg

round, beige, imprinted with PF, M 60

Oramorph 15 mg

round, white, imprinted with 54 782, 15

Oramorph SR 100 mg

round, white, imprinted with 54 862, 100

Oramorph SR 15 mg

round, white, imprinted with 54 782, 15

Oramorph SR 30 mg

round, white, imprinted with 54 409, 30

Oramorph SR 60 mg

round, white, imprinted with 54 933, 60

What are the possible side effects of morphine (Kadian)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
  • stiff muscles, seizure (convulsions);
  • cold, clammy skin;
  • confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • severe weakness, feeling like you might pass out;
  • trouble swallowing;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; or
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • weight loss;
  • constipation, diarrhea;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • headache, dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • memory problems; or
  • sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Kadian (morphine sulfate extended-release) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about morphine (Kadian)?

You may not be able to take this medicine unless you are already being treated with a similar opioid pain medicine and your body is tolerant to it. Talk with your doctor if you are not sure you are opioid-tolerant.

Morphine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

Do not drink alcohol while you are using morphine. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with morphine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.

Never take morphine in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.

Do not stop using morphine suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using morphine.

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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