Kapanol is an opioid analgesic medication containing the drug morphine sulfate. The drug works by affecting the central nervous system in such a way that pain is relieved. Kapanol is prescribed for chronic pain relief, typically when non-narcotic pain medication proves ineffective in relieving the patient’s pain. As with other morphine drugs, Kapanol addiction and abuse can develop quickly, therefore, the drug is not prescribed for as-needed treatment of pain. Kapanol is a slow-release formulation of morphine and its pain-relieving effects can last from 12 to 24 hours on average. It is administered in pill form in doses of 10-, 20-, 50- and 100-mg concentrations
While there are different formulations of morphine products available in the United States, Kapanol is not one of them. Kapanol is a brand name drug typically administered in countries such as Japan, Canada, and Australia. As Kapanol abuse and morphine addiction will lead users to obtain the drug from illegal sources, Kapanol is brought into the US through these illegal channels.
Kapanol, like other opioid narcotics, is classified as a Schedule II drug by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). According to the FDA, Schedule II drugs, while they are prescribed legally and have a medical purpose, have a high potential for abuse which can lead to both psychological and physical dependence. Similar to its opioid analgesic counterparts, Kapanol addiction brings with it a slew of side effects, as discussed below.
Common street names for Kapano
Kapanol, a brand name of morphine, is commonly referred to as the street names associated with morphine. Kapanol street names can include:
- Mister Blue
- God’s drug
- Vitamin M
- Big M
- Lady M
- Miss Emma
- Uncle Morphy
- Cube juice
- Red Cross
- White hop
- Number 13
- Monkey dust
- Gold dust
History and Trends in Kapanol Addiction
For millennia, opium has been used to treat pain. One of the biggest problems early physicians and pharmacists had with opium was that its effects were often difficult to predict. This was due to each batch being unique and doses unstandardized. Realizing the downside to this unpredictability, a young apothecary’s apprentice in early 1800s Germany sought to remedy this. Friedrich Serturner was able to isolate the active ingredient in opium, which he called morphine, and administer dosages that were standardized and predictable. The use of morphine as an analgesic quickly caught on and by the mid-1820s, standardized dosages were being produced and sold by pharmaceutical companies worldwide.
Although it offers profound effects for those suffering from severe pain, dependency can develop quickly from both Kapanol addiction and abuse and when the drug is taken as directed. Kapanol should only ever be taken whole, as it is a slow-release formulation. However, those who abuse Kapanol will often crush and snort it to achieve its desired euphoric sensation. As more and more of the drug is needed to feel these heightened effects, dependency quickly develops. To prevent Kapanol addiction and unwanted side effects, use should be closely monitored by the prescribing physician.
Kapanol Side Effects
Even when taken as directed by a doctor, Kapanol side effects can include:
- Trouble urinating
More serious side effects can include:
- Severe stomach pain
- Slowed heart rate
- Slowed Breathing
- Confusion or agitation
- Rash or hives
- Hypothermia (extreme cold)
Signs of Kapanol Addiction and Abuse
Signs of Kapanol abuse are characterized by the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Muscles spasms
- Poor memory
- Inability to focus
Kapanol abuse and subsequent addiction can have severe, even deadly consequences. As with any morphine drug, one of the more serious side effects is slowed or stopped breathing. If not addressed quickly, death can result from respiratory distress or depression.
Those suffering from Kapanol addiction and abuse will also exhibit non-physical signs such as damaged relationships, problems in school and/or work, and financial troubles.
Withdrawal symptoms of Kapanol
Like with other opioid narcotics, withdrawal symptoms may be experienced if the user suddenly stops taking Kapanol. These Kapanol side effects of withdrawal will begin anywhere from 12 to 30 hours after the last dose was taken and may include:
- Mood swings
- Muscle and body aches
- Watery eyes
- Stomach pain
The detoxification process, while not life-threatening, can be very uncomfortable and drug cravings so severe, the individual can easily relapse if not receiving withdrawal support and treatment.
Treatment for Kapanol Addiction and Abuse
Treatments for Kapanol addiction and abuse can include those for the symptoms associated with withdrawals and also to address the underlying psychological and social factors that led to addiction. Also addressed in treatment is finding a pain controlling regimen that helps a person suffering from Kapanol addiction and also treat pain. Depending on the level of addiction inpatient treatment may be required to help a person who is suffering from addiction.
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