MS Contin Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects
Common side effects of MS Contin include weight loss, nausea, vomiting, headache, vertigo, dizziness, memory problems, difficulty sleeping, unusual dreams, stomach pain, constipation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and flushing of the skin. Less common, more severe side effects include depressed heart rate, shallow breathing, seizures, cold/clammy skin, muscle stiffness, confusion, feeling faint, severe weakness, difficulty swallowing, trouble urinating, pale skin, difficulty concentrating, rapid heart rate (tachycardia), easy bruising, and unusual bleeding from the nose, vagina, mouth, or rectum.
Symptoms of an overdose include significantly decreased levels of consciousness, severely decreased respiration, and pinpoint pupils that are unresponsive to light. MS Contin is a powerful central nervous system depressant. It depresses that respiratory drive by acting directly on the brain stem.
MS Contin and other extended-release formulas of morphine carry a high overdose potential when they are recreationally abused. People often crush the pill to bypass the drug’s time-release feature. Extended-release formulas contain significantly higher doses of the drug. When taken as prescribed, the doses are spread out gradually over an extended period of time. However, when the tablets are crushed, the entirety of the drug rushes into the system at once. This can lead to potentially fatal opioid toxicity. The risk of overdose increases when individuals snort or inject the drug rather than ingesting it orally.
MC Contin affects the gastrointestinal tract by reducing the activity of the smooth muscles in the intestines. By increasing smooth muscle tone, the digestion of food can be delayed, leading to chronic constipation.
MC Contin affects the cardiovascular system by producing peripheral vasodilation. The arteries and veins in the arms and legs expand, leading to a significant drop in blood pressure upon standing.
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