Most cases of MS Contin addiction are typically unintentional. Any doctor will tell you that morphine in probably the best pain-relief solution known to man, and morphine sulfate ER (sold as MS Contin) is prescribed for chronic pain especially for cancer patients. Unlike the common doses of morphine administered every 4-6 hours, MS Contin is taken every 12 hours and is considered a long-lasting pain-reliever. This means that this new formulation remains in the body for longer in a stable and perpetual state, giving a longer-lasting release with a moderated addictive component. However, the potential for abuse and addiction remains high.
MS Contin is recommended for patients needing constant pain medication and is preferred because of its effectiveness. In actual sense, it is morphine in tablet form; and given that opium's primary constituent is morphine, this narcotic acts directly on the central nervous system to produce the desired effects. With mounting statistics on MS Contin addiction, it is categorized as a Schedule II substance in the US and considered extremely addictive with profound psychological and physical dependence.
Morphine binds with opiate receptors in the brain to produce feelings of euphoria and repose that distract both body and mind away from pain. When taken orally, the time release mechanism within the pill expels morphine every 12 hours. The degree of pain severity is usually what drives most patients to increase dosage past a doctor's recommendation. Recreational users on the other hand are in search of the opiate 'high'.
Correct dosing is imperative and MS Contin must only be prescribed by expert medical practitioners who are adequately knowledgeable in administration of potent opioids and management of acute pain. As such, close follow-ups on patients under these prescriptions is very necessary, because drug dependence is non-selective among legitimate and illegitimate users.
MS Contin addiction is extremely likely but difficult to deal with. It usually begins with a slight deflection from normal use of the prescription drugs. Prolonged use usually results in tolerance and a subsequent increase in dose to produce a quick relief. Abuse then escalate into crushing, chewing, dissolving, snorting, or injecting the drug to achieve a new high or rapid solution.
What most people do not know is that distorting the original structure of the pill poses particularly adverse effects, not just because there is potential for lethal overdose, but also because injecting melted MS Contin can cause serious complications.
MS Contin addiction suppresses and stagnates an individual's personal, interpersonal, physiological and psychological development, and in most cases manifests just like any other type of narcotic addiction. Withdrawal on the other hand is exhibited in form of intense physical and mental craving of drug. Other varied symptoms include flu-like signs, yawning, tremors, depression, delusions, cramps and muscle spasms, mood swings, irritability and anxiety.
Before taking on a MS Contin prescription, it is important that a physician assess the probability for allergic reactions. Effects of such allergies include impaired breathing, hives, and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat among others. In case of these signs, consult a doctor immediately. Other side effects of the drug include cold sweaty skin, depressed breathing and pulse rate, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, confusion, insomnia, weakness, and seizures.
The degree on intensity of these effects largely depends on how much of the drug has been used and abused, and the mode of administration. Injecting it may destroy tissues around injection site, lungs and heart valves.
When it comes to kicking the habit and any other addiction for that matter, most people forget that the body took time to get accustomed to presence of the drug; and in a similar fashion, withdrawal is a slow but sure process. Instantaneous quitting has not been known to produce deadly consequences, but the mental and physical battle with cravings usually ends in a more powerful addiction to the drug.
Close monitoring of MS Contin cases is necessary. A rapid detoxification program can also help get patients on the road to recovery, and most preferably without using opiate alternatives such as Suboxone and methadone. One of the most effective programs reported is the Waismann method where patients are placed under sedation and injected with detox medication. This two-hour process is seemingly safe and effective, and patients awaken without the realization that they went through a detox process. A subsequent inpatient program of counseling, massage and psychosomatic therapy follows to ensure that the individual recovers and kicks MS Contin addiction.