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Moderate to severe pain can often be relieved by taking Embeda. This prescription medication contains tiny beads that slowly release morphine throughout the day. Because Embeda is a capsule with extended-release beads, it can help reduce the risk of abuse of snorting or injecting the drug. Embeda is only approved for people who are at least 18 years old. At this time, there are no off-label uses for Embeda.

What Is Embeda Used For?

Embeda™ (morphine sulfate/naltrexone hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved to treat long-term moderate to severe pain. It is designed in such a way to reduce the risk of abuse by snorting or injecting the drug.
 
Embeda is meant to be taken every day on a regular schedule. It is not approved for "as needed" use (unscheduled use only when needed) or for short-term use. Embeda is not appropriate for treating pain after a surgery, unless you were already taking Embeda before the surgery or unless the pain is expected to last for a long time. People who are unaccustomed to taking opioid medications should not take the highest strength capsules (Embeda 100 mg/4 mg capsules).
 
Embeda is used to provide a steady "background" level of pain relief. Often, people need to take additional short-acting "rescue" painkillers in addition to Embeda for "breakthrough" pain. Because Embeda contains morphine, it can be used (or rather, abused) inappropriately (see Embeda Abuse).
 

How Does Embeda Work?

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.
 
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