MS Contin is one of many medications that contain Morphine. Morphine is an extremely effective pain reliever, and is often one that is most abused among users.
MS Contin is the brand name assigned to Morphine Sulfate by its manufacturer. It is in the family of opioid drugs. Opioid drugs are derived from the sap or other plant parts of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum).
In the case of Morphine, it is processed from raw opium which is extracted from the sap. Because MS Contin contains an opioid drug, it is considered a controlled substance.
MS Contin comes in tablet, capsule, and liquid form. This allows health care professionals to prescribe the type of Morphine sulfate that can be easiest taken by the patient.
What Is MS Contin Prescribed?
Morphine is a very effective pain reliever. Depending on the severity and duration of a patient's pain, either short-acting Morphine can be prescribed or extended-release tablets, capsules, or liquid may be given. MS Contin comes in extended-release forms, which means that patients who have severe pain which requires around-the-clock management can be prescribed this drug.
Statistics Relating To MS Contin
As mentioned earlier, Ms Contin contains Morphine sulfate. Morphine is a very addictive drug, and is often abused. Abuse of Morphine can lead to problems such as overdose or can exacerbate physical conditions. Because of this, according to addiction recovery specialists, Morphine abuse is the #3 reason why people seek emergency room treatment.
Opiate abuse, such as that caused by Morphine, is treatable. However, in order for treatment to work as successfully as possible, it should begin as soon as a person realizes that there is a Morphine abuse or addiction problem.
Unfortunately, according to addiction recovery specialists, a person who abuses Morphine, especially one who does so by injecting Morphine into the body (which causes a faster reaction), generally has used opiate substances (remember, Morphine is an opiate substance) for approximately 14 years before treatment is even sought for the first time.
How Is MS Contin Abused
MS Contin can be abused by a person taking more than is needed to achieve pain relief, or taking it more often than it is prescribed. Another way in which it is abused is through, as mentioned earlier, injecting MS Contin in its liquid form into the body or crushing tablets, dissolving them in water, and injecting that liquid.
Abuse can also include taking MS Contin when there is no medical reason to do so, or by obtaining a prescription for Ms Contin under false pretenses, then selling or distributing the drug to others.
Even when taken in the manner in which it is intended, and for the purpose it was intended, MS Contin can have certain effects on the body. Physical effects include:
- Loss of Coordination
- Gastrointestinal Problems Such as Constipation (difficulty in having bowel movements)
- Diarrhea (having several episodes of watery bowel movements)
In addition, some people become nauseated and may vomit when taking Ms Contin.
Another thing that can happen even with proper usage of MS Contin is a bluish or purplish color appearing on the skin.
This is a sign of oxygen deprivation. If this effect is noticed, a health care professional should be contacted immediately. If necessary, seeking emergency help may be required.
When MS Contin is abused, it can cause changes in heartbeat. In some people, the heart may race or it may start beating too slowly. Both can be dangerous, and may require emergency treatment to avoid permanent heart damage or even death. Another thing MS Contin can do is cause the pupils of the eyes to constrict. This means they become very small.
Pupils constrict in an effort to control the amount of light being reflected in the eye. They block light from entering the eye, making it easier to see in bright light. However, if light intensity is not the reason for the constriction, blurred vision can occur, making it difficult to see. Accidents can result from being unable to see obstacles in the way or objects coming toward a person.
Constricted pupils when light conditions do not warrant them can be interpreted by health care professionals and others who are trained to notice such physical characteristics as a sign of opiate use or abuse.
MS Contin AbuseTreatment Options
Treatment options include prescribing drugs other than MS Contin that do not contain Morphine. health care professionals can also explore other ways in which pain can be relieved, such as the use of non-narcotic pain relievers, physical therapy, or in extreme, surgery to cut nerves that are causing acute pain.
A drug treatment center is one of the best ways to fight against a prescription drug addiction.