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Abuse Potential

Common sense suggests that Embeda may have a lower risk of abuse (at least by snorting or injection) compared to other forms of morphine, due to the naltrexone component. However, because this has not yet been demonstrated by studies, the manufacturer cannot yet claim that the drug is less likely to be abused.
Embeda contains morphine, a drug with very high abuse potential. It is a good idea to keep this medication in a safe place in order to prevent theft. Never let someone else take your medication. This medication provides a high dose of morphine that could easily result in death in someone who is not accustomed to the medication. Also, it is very dangerous to inject this medication, as it contains inactive ingredients that can be quite harmful when injected into the bloodstream.
Because Embeda is a highly desired drug of abuse, people try to obtain it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. People who abuse Embeda and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
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When and How to Take Embeda

Some general considerations include the following:
  • The medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth once a day (every 24 hours) or twice a day (every 12 hours). It is not meant to be taken on an "as needed" basis (at unscheduled times when needed for pain).
  • Never crush, chew, or dissolve the capsules (or the beads inside the capsules), as this would release a dangerous amount of morphine and would release the naltrexone (potentially negating the effects of the morphine). It is also dangerous to inject this medication, as it contains inactive ingredients that can cause damage when injected directly into the bloodstream.
  • You cannot drink any alcohol (or even take medications or eat foods that contain alcohol) while taking Embeda, as alcohol can cause the beads to release morphine too quickly. This may result in an overdose. Check the ingredient list of all your liquid medications (such as cough syrups) for alcohol content.
  • It does not matter if you take the medication with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking the capsules with food.
  • Most people swallow the capsules whole. However, if you have difficulty swallowing, your healthcare provider may recommend taking it with applesauce. To do this, open the capsule and sprinkle the beads on a small amount of room-temperature (or colder) applesauce. Swallow the applesauce immediately, entirely, and without chewing. Rinse your mouth and swallow to make sure there are no beads remaining in your mouth.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking Embeda, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Embeda Withdrawal).
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