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Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2008 Jun;9(9):1585-94. doi: 10.1517/14656566.9.9.1585 .

Morphine sulfate extended-release capsules for the treatment of chronic, moderate-to-severe pain.

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Pain Specialists of Greater Lehigh Valley, 1240 South Cedar Crest Boulevard, Suite 307, Allentown, PA 18103, USA. userpainmd@aol.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Morphine sulfate extended-release capsules (KADIAN) contain polymer-coated morphine sulfate pellets that are formulated to deliver sustained plasma morphine levels with minimal fluctuation. Morphine sulfate extended-release capsules, the only opioid formulation indicated in the US for both once- and twice-daily (every 12 and every 24 h) dosing, is approved in eight dosage strengths and is effective against pain from diverse sources in a variety of patient types. The formulation of morphine sulfate extended-release capsules allows flexible dosing options: capsules can be taken whole or the contents can be sprinkled on apple sauce or delivered via a gastrostomy tube. Morphine sulfate extended-release capsules have no immediate-release component and no components that would limit high doses.

RESULTS/CONCLUSION:

The bioavailability of morphine sulfate extended-release capsules is not compromised when taken with food and dose dumping (immediate elevations in dose) does not occur when morphine sulfate extended-release capsules are taken concomitantly with alcohol. Nearly all patients taking morphine sulfate extended-release capsules for pain relief adhere to the recommended dosing frequency. The flexibility available with morphine sulfate extended-release capsules may offer clinical advantages for pain management.

PMID:
18518787
DOI:
10.1517/14656566.9.9.1585
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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