Compare Morphine Sulfate vs. Acetaminophen With Codeine

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Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate)

Prescription only
Treats severe pain.

Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) provides good long-term pain control without the need to take medicine frequently, but watch out for constipation.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 541 reviewsforMorphine Sulfate
Treats mild to moderate pain.

Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) is a good option to treat pain and cough as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 581 reviewsforAcetaminophen With Codeine
Upsides
  • Provides longer relieve for moderate to severe pain to improve quality of life.
  • Good for chronic pain that requires around-the-clock relief.
  • Might have fewer side effects than other opioid pain relievers.
  • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (codeine) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
  • Provides quick relieve for mild to moderate pain to improve quality of life.
  • Good for as-needed pain and control.
  • Generally well tolerated by people, especially if taken with food to lower risk of stomach upset.
  • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
  • Can help you fall asleep easier.
Downsides
  • Doesn't work for as-needed or quick pain relief.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
  • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) if you need.
  • Long term use will likely cause physical dependence.
  • Must be weaned slowly off the medicine after use longer than 2 weeks.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
  • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Acetaminophen with codeine if you need.
  • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
  • The non-opioid part of Acetaminophen with codeine, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
  • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
  • Avoid alcohol.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Oral solution
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
541 
55%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
20%
think this treatment is a hassle

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581 
69%
think this treatment is worth it
41%
think this treatment works well
9%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Death from lack of oxygen to the body (respiratory depression)

    Current use of medicine that affects liver enzyme CYP 3A4

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Death from overdose

    Children age 18 and younger

  • Death in newborn babies from opioid withdrawal (Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome)

    Long-term use during pregnancy

  • Tolerance, dependence, and addiction

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Low blood pressure

    Age 65 years or older

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