Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain

Ms Contin

(morphine sulfate)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain
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Treats severe pain.

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Prescription opioids are used to treat several kinds of pain - but they carry significant risks, including addiction. Learn more about these drugs and be sure to discuss the risks with your doctor.

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

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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.
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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.
How it works

Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) is an opioid medicine that works in the brain to lower pain perception.

What to expect when you take Ms Contin (morphine sulfate) for Pain

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Side effect rates for Ms Contin (morphine sulfate)

Risks and Warnings for Ms Contin (morphine sulfate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Current use of medicine that affects liver enzyme CYP 3A4
    • Age 65 or greater
    • Higher dose
    • People with not enough thyroid hormones
    • History of lung problems

    Taking too much Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) can cause irregular or slow breathing that can put you in a coma and can cause death. Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) should be swallowed whole, don't ever crush or chew. If your lips and fingers start turning blue from low oxygen, see a doctor immediately. In the hospital, doctors can give you a medicine that reverses the effects of Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate). Don't take more than your doctor prescribes. Always check with your doctor before starting any new medicines or supplements.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Ms Contin (morphine sulfate)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
  • It lasts for about 10 hrs but so do all of the other alternatives. Needs to be taken with food to help titration. Unfortunately the higher fat meals will render the best bioavailability.
Pain
  • Good for chronic pain that requires around-the-clock relief.
  • Doesn't work for as-needed or quick pain relief.
Sleep
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
Weight
  • Weight gain