MS Contin Mixing It and Alcohol

Mixing alcohol and MS Contin can increase the chance of side effects and cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, and impaired judgment. There is also a chance of serious side effects, such as low blood pressure, respiratory distress, fainting, coma, and death.

Do not drink alcohol or consume any products that contain alcohol while taking MS Contin. Doing so can lead to rapid release of the medication and death.

Tell your doctor about your complete medical history, including prescriptions, non-prescriptions, vitamins, supplements and alcohol consumption habits, so they can decide if MS Contin is the right medication for you. Informing your doctor of your complete medical history will assist them in making the best and safest choice for your care.

MS Contin, sold as morphine sulfate extended-release pills, are opioids used to treat severe pain in cancer patients. This pain must be severe enough to require around-the-clock treatment to justify the use of MS Contin. MS Contin comes in different strengths which are color-coded for easy identification purposes.

MS Contin pills, manufactured in 100 mgs and above, are only intended to be used for patients who are already taking a large amount of opioids for pain. Someone who is not already taking large doses of opioids can suffer severe respiratory depression and death if they use MS Contin.

As with most prescription medications, MS Contin can have side effects. Some common side effects can include nausea, vomiting, constipation, sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness.

Serious side effects can also occur, including:

    1. Mental/mood changes
    2. severe abdominal pain
    3. difficulty urinating
    4. loss of appetite
    5. unusual tiredness
    6. weight loss
    7. fainting
    8. seizure
    9. slow/shallow breathing
    10. severe drowsiness or difficulty waking up


If you experience any side effects from MS Contin, no matter how small, contact your doctor. You and your doctor can then decide if MS Contin is the right prescription to treat your pain.

Do not mix alcohol or products containing alcohol with MS Contin, as there can be serious side effects.

Be sure to inform your doctor about your regular alcohol consumption when deciding to use MS Contin for your severe pain. This is important information your doctor needs in the decision-making process.

It is dangerous to drink alcohol or to ingest any products containing alcohol while taking MS Contin. Your doctor will need to know any alcohol habits you may have -no matter how small or infrequent in order to ensure your safety.

Side effects from mixing alcohol with MS Contin can be lethal, so it’s essential you do not mix the two substances.

If you feel that you cannot abstain from using alcohol while taking this prescription, talk to your doctor about other options to treat your pain.

If you feel that you or a loved one is misusing or abusing MS Contin or alcohol, don’t wait to get help. We can help you begin to overcome your addiction today.

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