All You Need to Know About MS Contin

Also known as Morphine, MS Contin is an opioid pain reliever. An opioid is also called a narcotic. MS Contin is used for treatment of moderate to severe pain.

Some useful facts:

MS Contin can only be used by persons who have undergone treatment with similar opioids and their bodies are able to tolerate them. It is therefore important to consult your doctor before beginning treatment with MS Contin.

The drug is also highly habit forming and should therefore be used only by the patient it was prescribed for and according to the prescription on dosage and timing. It must be kept in a safe place out of reach of others who may want to abuse it.

MS Contin should never be taken in large amounts or for longer than prescribed by the doctor. Similarly, a person who has been taking it for a long period of time should not suddenly discontinue using it. As aforementioned, the drug is highly habit forming and sudden discontinuance could result to some serious withdrawal symptoms.

People who are allergic to other narcotic medications such as methadone and oxycontin should inform their doctors before beginning any treatment with MS Contin. The same applies to persons who have had allergic reactions to narcotic cough medications that contain hydrocodone, codeine or dihydrocodeine. MS Contin may also not be suitable for people who suffer from asthma attacks or who have bowel obstruction.

Although having the following conditions does not necessarily imply that you cannot use MS Contin, it is important to inform your doctor before beginning any treatment with the drug. These conditions are:

  • Blockage in the digestive tract;
  • Kidney or liver disease;
  • Asthma, sleep apnea, COPD and other breathing disorders;
  • Spine curvature;
  • Underactive thyroid;
  • Brain tumor or history of head injury;
  • Low blood pressure;
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders;
  • Gallbladder disease;
  • Adrenal gland disorders; or
  • A history of alcohol or drug addiction.

MS Contin and Pregnancy

Although there's no established link between the use of MS Contin during pregnancy and congenital malformations, lack of controlled data presents the possibility of anything. It is therefore imperative to avoid using MS Contin while pregnant or if you're intending to get pregnant. MS Contin should only be used if there's no better alternative AND the benefits outweigh the impending risk.

The use of MS Contin during pregnancy, and especially in the later stages of the pregnancy, could lead to serious addiction and/or withdrawal symptoms in the new born. These symptoms may present as hyperactivity, irritability, abnormal crying, abnormal sleep patterns, vomiting, tremor, diarrhea and weight loss. These could ultimately result in death. It is also important to note that MS Contin can also pass into the breast milk and could harm a breastfeeding baby. It is therefore imperative to consult your doctor before beginning any treatment with MS Contin.

Directions for use

MS Contin should be taken exactly as prescribed. For optimal results, you should never under-dose or overdose the drug. Timings should be adhered to to the letter. Be sure to inform your doctor if the drug appears to stop working.

Extended-release MS Contin tablets are meant to release the medicine slowly in the body. They should therefore not be crushed, chewed or broken when being ingested, as this would cause instant release of too much of the drug into the patient's body.

As aforementioned, you should not stop using the drug suddenly as this would result in serious withdrawal symptoms. You must always consult your doctor when stopping the medication in order to avoid the withdrawal symptoms.

Again, as mentioned earlier, MS Contin is highly habit forming. You must therefore dispose any pills or tablets left after you have stopped using the drug in order to reduce the risk of unauthorized use or accidental overdose. This should be done by flushing them down the toilet.

What should you should you do if you miss a dose?

Never be tempted to make up for the missed dose by overdosing. You should take the missed dose as soon as you remember and readjust the timings. However, if it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed one and wait until the next dose.

What about if you overdose?

You should seek immediate medical attention. An overdose of MS Contin can be fatal. Symptoms include pinpoint pupils, extreme drowsiness, confusion, weak pulse, cold skin, fainting, or shallow breathing.

Importance notice:

NEVER take alcohol while undergoing treatment with MS Contin as doing so would cause some serious side effects (such as those associated with overdose) and even death.