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Embeda Withdrawal

Why Does Withdrawal Occur?

Gradually, the body becomes accustomed to the many different effects of Embeda. If you stop taking it too quickly -- or even if you lower your dose too abruptly -- withdrawal symptoms may occur. Withdrawal is a normal, predictable, physical response to stopping a narcotic; it is not necessarily a sign of abuse. Embeda withdrawal can occur with chronic, legitimate use of the drug, as well as with Embeda abuse.
Embeda capsules contain tiny, extended-release beads that are specially designed to release morphine evenly throughout the day, allowing for once- or twice-daily dosing. Additionally, each bead contains a dose of naltrexone, a medication that counteracts the effects of morphine. When the medication is taken correctly, little or no naltrexone is absorbed into the body.
However, if the medication is crushed or dissolved (such as to snort or inject the drug), the naltrexone will be released, counteracting the effects (including the pleasurable effects) of morphine and possibly leading to withdrawal symptoms.
The naltrexone component of Embeda does not necessarily protect against Embeda overdose symptoms, particularly in people unaccustomed to taking narcotics. Of course, the naltrexone component will provide no protection against overdose symptoms if the capsules are taken as intended (swallowed whole). An Embeda overdose (taken in any way) can be lethal.

Limiting Embeda Withdrawal

Although Embeda withdrawal is not dangerous, it can be unpleasant. It can be so uncomfortable that people start taking the drug again in order to relieve withdrawal symptoms. In order to limit withdrawal, you should not stop taking Embeda "cold turkey." Your healthcare provider can slowly decrease your dose at a rate that helps minimize withdrawal symptoms (most healthcare providers will be more than willing to help you stop taking Embeda).
Remember, Embeda withdrawal is not necessarily a symptom of abuse, and you should not be embarrassed to ask for help in this matter.
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