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Morphine and Naltrexone Overview

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(MOR feen & nal TREKS one)

U.S. Brand Names

Embeda™

Pharmacologic Category

Analgesic, Opioid; Opioid Antagonist

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Patients receiving this medicine should be monitored for misuse, abuse, and addiction.

• Do not take with alcohol or alcohol-containing products. Serious reactions can occur.

• Do not chew, crush, or dissolve capsules. Serious reactions can occur.

• Do not use for immediate pain relief or on an as needed basis.

• Do not take the highest dose (100 mg/4 mg) if you have never taken opioids in the past.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to morphine, naltrexone, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Asthma, intestinal blockage, or lung disease.

• If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this medicine is started. Taking the two together could cause dangerously high blood pressure.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Morphine sulfate binds to brain receptors, relieving pain. It decreases the feeling of pain and a person's response to pain.

• Naltrexone prevents drug-seeking behavior.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food, but be consistent. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.

• Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or dissolve.

• Do not use for immediate pain relief or on an as needed basis.

• You may sprinkle contents of capsule on applesauce. Do not chew.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Keep a diary of pain control.

• Bowel movements.

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Throw away any unused medicine by flushing down toilet or sink.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2009-10-01 08:52:14.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 10:54:01.0

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