The morphine-based drug was approved to treat moderate to severe pain when a continuous opioid painkiller is needed over an extended period. It will be available in either once- or twice-daily dosages.
Embeda contains extended-release morphine pellets wrapped around naltrexone hydrochloride, a drug that counteracts the effects of morphine, which is an opioid.
“If taken as directed, the morphine relieves pain while the sequestered naltrexone hydrochloride passes through the body with no intended clinical effect,” King said in a release.
But if crushed or chewed, the naltrexone is released and absorbed with the morphine, King said, to some extent reversing morphine’s effects.
I think this is great. Mostly because I hate having troubles getting painkillers with doctors when I need them and am not abusing them. Maybe this new abuse free med can be given out more often than morphine without it and the docs will not be so freakin paranoid everyone is a drug addict.