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What is the difference between Kadian and morphine?

Morphine is the active ingredient of Kadian. This formulation is a specific extended release oral capsule formulation of morphine. It releases smaller amounts over a longer period of time than immediate release formulations do. Kadian capsules contain many small beads from which the morphine is released slowly throughout the day. Other morphine formulations release the drug at different rates and none are interchangeable with Kadian without a new prescription from the doctor.

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