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Consumer Medicine Information
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start Kapanol.
This leaflet answers some common questions about Kapanol. It does not contain all of the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Kapanol against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
Kapanol contains morphine sulfate which belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics.
Kapanol is used for the relief of chronic, moderate to severe pain.
Your doctor may have prescribed Kapanol for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Kapanol has been prescribed for you.
As Kapanol contains morphine, people who take morphine for a long time to treat their pain may become dependent on it.
As a result, with time, your body will become used to taking morphine and you may experience symptoms due to withdrawal if you suddenly stop taking this medicine. If you have not done so already, you should discuss this further with your doctor.
You must tell your doctor if:
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may affect the way others work. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you what to do when taking Kapanol with other medicines.
Kapanol is not to be used for children.
The Pharmacist's label on the pack will tell you how to take Kapanol. If there is something you do not understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The individual pellets in Kapanol capsules must not be chewed or crushed.
If you forget to take a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Kapanol, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Urgent medical attention may be required.
Keep telephone numbers for these places handy.
If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Kapanol if you are about to be started on any new medicines.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.
Do not stop taking Kapanol, or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not use Kapanol to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says to.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Kapanol affects you. As with many other medicines, Kapanol may cause dizziness or drowsiness or tiredness in some people and may affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking Kapanol, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet. Like other medicines, Kapanol can cause some side-effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may need medical attention.
The most commonly reported side-effects are:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you notice any of the following:
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to Kapanol, TELL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital. Symptoms usually include some or all of the following:
This is not a complete list of all possible side-effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side-effects not yet known.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on this list.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side-effects. You may not experience any of them.
Keep this medicine where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Keep Kapanol in a cool, dry place where it stays below 30°C.
Do not store it, or any other medicine, in a bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep your Kapanol in its pack until it is time to take it. If you take Kapanol out of its pack it may not keep well.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Kapanol, or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any Kapanol left over.
Your Kapanol is made up of creamy white pellets inside a capsule. Kapanol capsules are packed in foil blisters. Each box contains either 20, 28 or 60 capsules. Kapanol capsules are available in four strengths.
Kapanol contains the active ingredient morphine sulfate. It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
Kapanol does not contain gluten.
Kapanol does not contain lactose.
Mayne Pharma International Pty Ltd
1538 Main North Road
Salisbury South, South Australia 5106
This leaflet was updated in April 2013
The information provided applies only to: Kapanol®.
Kapanol® is a registered trade mark of Mayne Pharma International.
AUST R 68439 (10 mg)
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Published by MIMS/myDr May 2013