MS Contin Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects

MS Contin is highly addictive. Due to MS Contin’s high potential for overdose and abuse, it is classified as a Schedule II substance by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

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 is an extended-release formulation of the opioid agonist morphine. MS Contin acts on opioid receptors in order to reduce the patient’s perception of pain. It is indicated to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. Patients should first attempt to manage pain with non-opioid alternatives and less-potent, shorter-acting opioids before resorting to using MS Contin. If these alternative treatment methods fail to address symptoms, MS Contin may be prescribed.
Regular use of MS Contin can lead to opioid dependency. MS Contin induces pleasurable feelings of euphoria, which is why people are often attracted to the drug. MS Contin has no “ceiling effect.” A ceiling effect is the plateau of diminishing returns that is reached at higher doses. Partial opioid agonists are less attractive to misuse due to the presence of this effect. MS Contin, however, is a full opioid agonist. This means that the individual will continue to feel progressively “higher” up until the point of overdose.

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.

Long-term MS Contin use can have widespread effects on several body systems. Extensive opioid use can lead to a condition known as adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal insufficiency occurs when the adrenal gland is no longer able to keep up with the body’s demands for the stress hormone cortisol.

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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