MS Contin is a brand name of timed or controlled release formula of morphine sulphat, which is primarily used for chronic pain relief. It is prescribed to relieve moderate to severe degree of pain. Controlled release drug is used when around the clock pain relief is required, for example in case of cancer. In US, MS Contin is available in both tablet as well as liquid formulae in various doses. MS contin is an opioid or narcotic drug and has habit forming property and it should only be consumed as per prescription, else it could have dangerous side effects.
This form of morphine should not be consumed to relieve mild pain or one that will not last too long. This should only be used for chronic or severe pain where sustained-release is required.
The impact of MS Contin abuse on the body can be severe. As a narcotic medication, this drug can lead to physical dependence when taken for a longer period of time, and some people may develop addiction to the drug. As it contains high dose of morphine, it is a highly desired drug of abuse.
Continued and long term use of MS Contin can cause various physical and psychological effects on user's health, leading to kidney and liver failure. As the person develops tolerance to this drug very rapidly, so is the desire to increase the dosage amount or to remove the time-relase lining of the drug to get the effects. This can be dangerous as it will release large amounts of the opioid in to the user's body system, resulting in an overdose.
The person addicted to MS Contin will show some behavioral symptoms such as cravings when the supply runs low. Some of the MS Contin addiction symptoms are cravings for MS-Contin, inability to abstain from the drug, inability to recognize the deterioration of relationships with friends and family, inappropriate emotional response and other behavioral problems.
The individual dependent on MS-Contin will experience withdrawal symptoms when she/he is out of the drug. Without treatment, MS-Contin addiction will become worse and may finally result in disability and premature death. Some of the withdrawal symptoms include diarrhea, hot and cold sweats, rapid heartbeat, pain, abdominal cramping, muscle aches and pains, running nose, rigid muscles, teary eyes and nausea or vomiting.
MS Contin addiction may involve periods of relapse and remission, even when the person is taking long term treatment.
Role of family- Family members play an important role in helping the individual recover from his addiction. All the members have to work like a team and form a strong support that will help the individual in breaking free from the holds of addiction.
In the beginning, the MS Contin user might show anger and resentment towards the family, especially when he learns about the participation of his family members in his addiction treatment. The family members should understand that these feelings are temporary effects of drug and should continue participating in the MS Contin addiction treatment. However, over a period of time, these feelings will disappear. MS Contin addiction treatment process works best when the person is open with his family and feels mentally and physically safe in his home environment.
The person spends 30 days to 120 days in a rehab center in order to fully recover from the MS Condtin addiction.
MS Contin detox is performed with Rapid Methodsm- a medical procedure that is carried out under anaesthesia. It induces and speeds up the withdrawal while the patient is sleeping. During the detox, the body's opiate receptors are cleansed of opiates. The goal is to rid the body of physical dependence.
Each day, patient/user spends 6 to 8 hours of the day in learning coping skills that can be used to reduce the reliance on the drugs. Various types of therapeutic activities and therapies are taught to the drug addict.
Out Patient addiction treatment is recommended for patients who have strong network of family and friends support, and who have no previous history of drug addiction. Patients can attend day time seminars and programs and attend therapy sessions. Here, the addict undergoes treatment and counseling throughout the day, but at the end of the day returns back to his home.