Embeda

Generic Name: Morphine

  • What is Embeda?

    Embeda is a strong pain medicine that contains morphine, an opioid (narcotic pain medicine) and naltrexone, an opioid receptor blocker. Embeda is used to manage moderate to severe pain that continues around-the-clock and is expected to last for a long period of time. Embeda is started only after you have been regularly taking another opioid pain medicine and your body is used to it (opioid tolerant). Do not use it to treat pain that you only have once in a while.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Embeda?

    Embeda is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

    Do not crush, dissolve, or chew Embeda capsules or the capsule contents before swallowing. If Embeda is taken in this way, it will be released too fast and may cause you to have trouble breathing, and lead to death. Also, if you have been taking opioids for a period of time, incorrect use could result in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

    Embeda can cause serious breathing problems that can become life-threatening, especially if used in the wrong way. Call your doctor or get immediate medical help if your breathing slows down; you have shallow breathing; you feel faint, dizzy, or confused; or you have any other unusual symptoms. These symptoms can indicate that the dose is too high for you or that you have overdosed.

    Embeda can cause your blood pressure to drop. This can make you feel dizzy and faint if you get up too fast from sitting or lying down. This is more likely to happen if you are taking blood pressure medicine.

    Keep Embeda in a safe place away from children. Accidental use by a child is a medical emergency and can result in death. Get emergency help right away if a child takes Embeda by accident.

    Protect Embeda from theft and never give Embeda to anyone else.

    Rarely, serious allergic reactions can happen. Get medical help right away if you have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, such as feeling dizzy or faint, having breathing trouble, pounding heart beat, chest pain, feeling of doom, or swelling of the face, throat, or tongue.

  • Who should not take Embeda?

    Do not take Embeda if you are having an asthma attack or have severe asthma, trouble breathing, or lung problems. Do not take Embeda if you have a bowel blockage called paralytic ileus, or if you are allergic to any of the drug's ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Embeda?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Embeda. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have adrenal gland problems (Addison's disease), alcoholism, bowel problems, brain problems/head injury, breathing/lung problems, constipation, drug abuse/addiction, gallbladder or pancreas problems, kidney or liver problems, mental problems, prostate problems, scoliosis (curving of the spine), seizures, thyroid problems, upcoming surgeries, or difficulty urinating.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you.

    The highest dose (100 milligrams of morphine/4 milligrams of naltrexone) is only for opioid-tolerant patients.

  • How should I take Embeda?

    Take Embeda exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change the dose without consulting your doctor first.

    Swallow Embeda whole or sprinkle the capsule contents on applesauce; never crush, dissolve, or chew the capsules. Embeda may be taken with or without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Embeda?

    Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Embeda and abruptly stopping Embeda.

    Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities, especially when you start Embeda or if your dose has changed, until you know how you react to this medicine. Embeda can cause sleepiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Embeda?

    If Embeda is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Embeda with the following: alcohol/nonprescription and prescription medicines containing alcohol, benztropine, antidepressants (including a class called monoamine oxidase inhibitors), antihistamines, anxiety medicine, central nervous system depressants (sleep aids, tranquilizers), cimetidine, muscle relaxants, nausea medicine, other pain medicines, quinidine, and diuretics (water pills) such as hydrochlorothiazide.

  • What are the possible side effects of Embeda?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, itching, nausea, sleepiness, vomiting

  • Can I receive Embeda if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Embeda may harm an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Embeda passes into breast milk and should not be used while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Embeda?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Embeda?

    Store at room temperature. Unused capsules should be flushed down the toilet.

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