MS Contin Addiction and Abuse

MS Contin is a medication prescribed to patients in order to alleviate severe, ongoing pain. It is classified as an opioid analgesic, which means that it reduces pain by changing the way the brain interprets pain signals.

Common side effects associated with MS Contin include nausea, vomiting, constipation, sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness. These should all subside after the body adjusts to MS Contin. If they do not go away or if they worsen, promptly notify your doctor.

Tell your doctor right away if you notice any serious side effects of MS Contin, such as mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you notice any fainting, seizures, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, or difficulty waking up.

This is not a full list of the potential side effects of MS Contin. Contact your doctor if you believe that you are experiencing a side effect of the medication that is not mentioned above.

MS Contin should only be used as your doctor prescribes.

Take MS Contin on a regular schedule and not as needed for sudden pain. The medication can be taken with or without food every 8 to 12 hours. If you have nausea, it is recommended that you take MS Contin with a meal.

MS Contin tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, break, chew, or dissolve the  tablet, as this can release all of the medication at once and increase the risk of MS Contin overdose. The risk of overdose is also greatly increased if you alter your dosage without your doctor’s permission. For this reason, do not adjust your MS Contin treatment schedule or dosage levels unless you are told to do so by your doctor.

Even patients who use the medication exactly as their doctor prescribes may still develop a dependence or addiction. This is because MS Contin is a particularly strong opioid that builds up a tolerance in the body rather quickly. If you believe that someone in your life has started to misuse or abuse MS Contin, seek help immediately. Signs which may point to MS Contin addiction can include becoming obsessed with finding and taking MS Contin, losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, and performing poorly at school or work.
Aftercare programs are an important aspect of recovery, as patients who have developed a substance abuse disorder are always at risk for relapse. After finishing your initial treatment, be sure to seek out an aftercare program that supports you and helps you stay substance-free.

If you or someone you love begins to develop an addiction to MS Contin, or another type of substance abuse disorder, seek help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many treatment options that are tailored to fit each patient’s needs.