Kadian and Alcohol Interaction

Kadian and Alcohol

Kadian generic name morphine sulfate extended release capsules belong to a family of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers and are use to provide all day moderate to severe pain relief. Note that you may not be able to use this drug unless proven that body can tolerate it by prior treatment with a similar narcotic pain reliever.

Do not drink alcohol when using this drug as the side effects will be greatly increased and may be deadly.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.

I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.

Before using this drug advise your physician if you have had an allergic reaction to this type of drug, any other drug or substance, pregnant, plan to be so, breastfeeding, have asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, other breathing disorder, liver or kidney disease, underactive thyroid, curvature of the spine, history of head injury, brain tumor, epilepsy, seizures, low blood pressure, gallbladder disease, Addison’s disease, adrenal gland disorders, enlarged prostate, urination problems, mental illness, history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are constipation, warmth tenderness redness under skin, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, anxiety, memory problems or insomnia. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergy reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, convulsions, cold clammy skin, confusion, severe weakness or dizziness feeling faint. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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