MS Contin Addiction Treatment and Rehab

MS Contin is an extended-release formula of morphine. MS Contin is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain that’s resistant to other forms of pain medication. Morphine products are highly addictive. MS Contin should only be used when non-opioid alternatives or immediate-release opioids are ineffective.

Adverse side effects of MS Contin include constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, excessive sweating, poor memory, depression, restlessness, and euphoria. Other common side effects include headache, stomach pain, weight loss, flushing of the skin, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, difficulty urinating, or severe abdominal pain.

Signs of MS Contin overdose include pinpoint pupils, severe respiratory depression, significantly decreased levels of consciousness, cold/clammy skin, and blue lips or fingernails. MS Contin has a high overdose potential, especially when it is taken recreationally or in conjunction with other central nervous depressants.

Roughly five to six percent of individuals who are introduced to opioid use in the hospital setting will go on to try street heroin. Pharmaceutical-grade opioids can be prohibitively expensive. In the grips of addiction, many patients struggle to discontinue their use when prescriptions run out.

Look for symptoms of addiction if you suspect someone you love is struggling with opioid misuse or abuse. They may display personality changes such as increased irritation and introversion. Opioid addiction can be characterized by apathy, chronically low energy, depression, and poor self-care. Someone addicted to opioids may abruptly change friend groups to engage in drug-seeking behavior.

As drug cravings intensify, the individual may engage in increasingly risky behavior in order to obtain more of the drug. Due to the intensity of opioid cravings, it can be extremely difficult for one to discontinue use of MS Contin.

It may be necessary to stage an intervention with family and friends in order to confront the individual about their behavior. Medical detox and inpatient therapy are the ultimate goals. Interventions should be conducted in a familiar location where everyone will feel comfortable expressing their thoughts. Points should be made in a non-accusatory manner.

Medical detox offers several benefits that can make post-acute withdrawals from MS Contin and other opioids much less severe. Opioid replacement therapy can be administered to help mitigate the severity of drug cravings. Methadone and buprenorphine are two medications that are commonly used for this purpose.

Individuals will also have the option of transitioning to Suboxone if they feel that they are at risk for relapse. Suboxone is a combination drug comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is a powerful opioid antagonist that can rapidly reverse the effects of MS Contin and other opioids. When the patient attempts to relapse with above therapeutic doses of opioids, the naloxone in Suboxone becomes activated to negate the “high.” Medications can be given to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, anxiety, and depression.

Following medical detox from MS Contin and opioids, the patient will have the opportunity to enter an inpatient or outpatient recovery program. For cases of severe dependency, an inpatient treatment program will likely provide the most appropriate level of support.

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