What is MS Contin?
MS Contin is a formulation of morphine that is made in time released tablets. The tablets are prescribed for chronic pain, typically for cancer patients, and are usually taken every twelve hours. MS Contin was designed specifically for inpiduals that need constant pain medication. It is different than the usual dosing of morphine which is usually administered every four to six hours for pain.
Morphine is the principal active agent in opium and acts directly on the central nervous system. Morphine is very addictive, especially when it is compared to other substances as it causes physical and psychological dependences very quickly. MS Contin is considered a Schedule II substance in the United States as it is very addictive.
How is MS Contin administered?
MS Contin is usually administered every twelve hours and is taken by mouth.
How does MS Contin work?
Since MS Contin is essentially morphine in another type of pill casing, therefore it affects a person’s physiology in the same way. Morphine is an opiate which binds to the opiate receptors in the brain and brings on feelings of euphoria and relaxation. It basically distracts both the mind and the body from any pain that may be felt, both real and imaginary. In this case MS Contin, morphine is released from the tablets every twelve hours. This occurs because there is a time release mechanism that is a wax inside of the pill.
This invention, though wonderful when used properly, can still be very dangerous not only because of the many side effects associated with morphine use but also because of the structure of the pill. In order to convert the pill into a legitimate intravenous drug, drug abusers heat up the pills. What many don’t know is the wax inside the pill, when heated then expands and encases the morphine. If an inpidual then injects the melted MS Contin, he or she will essential be injecting wax into his or her vein which can lead to very serious complications.
What are side effects of MS Contin?
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to MS Contin. Signs of this include:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat
If one is experiencing such side effects, a physician needs to be notified immediately.
Other common side effects include:
- Cold, clammy skin
- Shallow breathing, slow heartbeat
- Feeling light-headed, fainting
- Severe weakness or dizziness
- Seizure (convulsions)
Less serious side effects include:
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite
- Warmth, tingling, or redness under your skin
- Dizziness, headache, anxiety
- Memory problems
What are risks associated with MS Contin abuse?
As with any drug, there is always the risk of addiction and dependence resulting from prolonged use. Since MS Contin is in a time release form, it is very easy to overdose. Abuse of MS Contin, can cause both liver and renal failure. Psychological and physiological dependence are both very likely to occur, which makes stopping drug use difficult. Stopping MS Contin abuse is a very dangerous part of using MS Contin. Detoxing from MS Contin and other morphine derivates is not only difficult for obvious reasons. Stopping MS Contin use can lead to an extensive list of withdrawal symptoms including:
- Strong drug craving
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
As the withdrawal continues other symptoms that may be displayed are:
- Body aches
- Severe abdominal pain
- Stronger drug cravings
Depression and vomiting are also very common. In addition, inpiduals may experience:
- Heart palpitation
- Raised blood pressure
- Cold flashes
Pain in the bones, muscles, back and extremities are also very common. During this process, it is possible to administer a narcotic that will in turn alleviate the symptoms associated with withdrawal from the drug. Having said this, withdrawal should occur under the supervision of a trained professional just in case more serious symptoms occur. Though withdrawal from morphine is considered to be less dangerous than alcohol or barbiturates, if an inpidual is in poor health withdrawal could be fatal.
Treatment for MS Contin abuse is very feasible, especially when caught early. As stated prior, treatment should take place under supervision because of the risks associated and there are many different types of treatments available for inpiduals truly wishing to reform.
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