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What is Avinza®?

Autumn Rivers
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Updated May 17, 2024
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Avinza® is a type of extended-release morphine that is used to treat pain that ranges from moderate to severe. Since the ingredients are released into the body continuously, it is only given once daily, and should be swallowed whole rather than chewed. This medication is prescription-only, and may be addictive, so patients need to let their doctor know if they have had a drug addiction in the past. The most common side effects of Avinza® include nausea, constipation, and drowsiness.

Each patient's doctor will likely determine the best dose for the individual, though it should be noted that the capsule is typically only taken once daily. It is not to be chewed, cut in half, or dissolved in liquid since this may cause the body to take in all the contents of the pill at once, possibly leading to overdose or even death. Patients who have trouble swallowing an entire capsule can open it and pour the beads onto applesauce, since this type of ingestion is safe as long as the beads themselves remain whole. Doctors usually increase the dose gradually as needed, and then decrease the dose in the same way when Avinza® is no longer necessary for pain, as stopping suddenly could result in withdrawal symptoms.

As Avinza® is an opioid, it is highly addictive and should be closely monitored in patients with past drug addiction problems. It is also often harmful to pregnant or breastfeeding women, who should talk to their doctor about getting an alternative pain reliever. Additionally, it should not be used with alcohol, since this substance can speed up the release of the drug in the body, leading to overdose. The symptoms of overdose usually include slow heart rate, irregular breathing, and loss of consciousness. Many people also suffer from nausea, drowsiness, and cold skin after an overdose.

There are various possible side effects brought on by Avinza®, including dizziness, sleepiness, mood swings, and insomnia. Some people also end up feeling nauseous, often even vomiting or suffering from diarrhea, constipation, and weight loss, to name a few common side effects. Some negative effects of Avinza® are even noticeable and likely alarming to others, as patients may suddenly have red eyes with small pupils, and might also sweat excessively or shake uncontrollably. While all side effects should be reported to a doctor, serious side effects often require immediate treatment, especially when patients have difficulty breathing, an irregular heartbeat, or blue skin.

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Autumn Rivers
By Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for WiseGEEK, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.

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Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for WiseGEEK, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.
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