Embeda is approved for the treatment of pain. This long-acting prescription medication is designed to reduce the potential for abuse. The drug comes in capsule form, making it difficult for someone to crush the medication to use it for snorting or injecting. It also contains naltrexone, which counteracts the effects of morphine if the medication is taken incorrectly. Possible side effects include constipation, drowsiness, and nausea.
Embeda is made by Actavis Elizabeth LLC for King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
How Does It 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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