MS Contin – FAQ

MS Contin is a prescription opioid drug containing morphine sulfate and formulated as an extended-release tablet. It is an extremely strong prescription medication that is used to manage severe pain that requires daily, around-the-clock, and long-term treatment with an opioid, when other pain medications have not worked or were not tolerated.

As an opioid, there is a greater risk for MS Contin to be abused or for an addiction to form. Tolerance to the dosage can increase and this can lead the user to seek more of the drug to further alleviate symptoms of pain. As tolerance builds, a dependency on the drug can form and an addiction may develop, leading the person to take more of the drug than is prescribed or take it more frequently. In other cases, especially if this drug is being taken for illicit reasons, it is often tampered with to obtain a high or euphoric effect. This is done by first cutting or crushing the tablet which is then inhaled or mixed with water for injection. Since MS Contin is a time-release drug, it is intended to be swallowed whole only. Any alteration enhances the drug release timing and increases the risk of overdose or death. Additionally, MS Contin contains talc – so introduction to the body at any point other than orally can result in infection, tissue necrosis, pulmonary granulomas, and injury to heart valves.

Withdrawing from MS Contin misuse should not be done suddenly and should be undertaken with the help of professionals as symptoms can be unpleasant and last for a long duration. If you or somebody you know has become reliant on using MS Contin or is reluctant to discontinue its use, help to break this cycle is available. To learn more, check out the frequently asked questions or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about options for recovery.