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As a narcotic, Embeda (morphine sulfate/naltrexone hydrochloride) can lead to physical dependence when taken for a long time, and some people may develop an addiction. However, there is a big difference between true Embeda addiction and a simple physical dependence on the drug. The consequences of abusing Embeda can be dangerous, possibly resulting in breathing problems, coma, and even death.
Abusing Embeda: An OverviewEmbeda™ (morphine sulfate/naltrexone hydrochloride) is a prescription pain medication. As a narcotic, it is a highly desired drug of abuse. However, Embeda is specifically designed to limit the abuse potential, at least in terms of abuse by snorting or injection.
Embeda Capsule CharacteristicsEmbeda 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.
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 overdose of Embeda (taken in any way) can be lethal.
Embeda Abuse Versus Dependence and ToleranceAs a narcotic, Embeda leads to physical dependence. However, physical dependence is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response to chronic use of the narcotic. The body becomes accustomed to physical changes that Embeda causes, and stopping the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms. This is not necessarily a sign of abuse.
Also, the body becomes "tolerant" to the effects of Embeda, and more is necessary to produce the same pain-relieving effects. Again, this is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response. People who have been on narcotics for a long time can take enormous doses that would lead to death in a first-time user.