MS Contin Addiction
MS Contin is a brand name for the generic drug compound morphine sulfate, an opioid pain medication. MS Contin is an extended release tablet that is used to treat moderate to severe pain, and is typically prescribed when pain relief is needed around the clock. Because morphine has a high potential for dependency, this drug is not to be used on an as-needed basis, to avoid MS Contin addiction and abuse.
Similar to other opioid narcotics, MS Contin is classified by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a Schedule II drug. According to the United States Controlled Substances Act, Schedule II drugs have a currently accepted medical use, but also has a high potential for abuse and may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
Common street names for MS Contin
As MS Contin is a form of morphine, it is referred to by morphine street names such as:
- First Line
- God’s Drug
- Mister Blue
History and Trends in MS Contin Addiction and Abuse
Opium and opium-based concoctions have been used for millennia to treat pain and other ailments. Although it proved effective at times, it was unreliable and unpredictable as each batch of opium was unique in regards to its potency. Its effects were often difficult to predict and it wasn’t uncommon for high doses to result in death. Realizing this problem would continue until dosages could be delivered in a standardized fashion, a young apothecary’s apprentice in Germany in the early 1800s set out to remedy this. Friedrich Serturner was able to isolate opium’s active ingredient and administer it safely to humans. He named this new drug morphine.
Serturner’s morphine didn’t take long to catch on and by the mid-1820s morphine was being produced by pharmaceutical companies in standardized, predictable dosages. Although it was now much safer and more effectively delivered than its ancestor, opium, morphine still remained highly addictive. In 1914, morphine became a controlled substance in the US and use without a prescription became illegal. MS Contin was approved by the FDA in May of 1987 for medical use in the US.
MS Contin Side Effects
- Abdominal pain
More serious side effects of MS Contin include:
- Trouble breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Swelling of your face, tongue or throat
- Extreme drowsiness
- Lightheadedness when changing positions
- Feeling faint
Like most other opiates, alcohol should be avoided when taking MS Contin as it can worsen symptoms and cause a greater health risk.
Signs of MS Contin Addiction and Abuse
Like other Schedule II drugs, MS Contin addiction can develop quickly in the user, even if taking the drug as ordered by their physician. Those suffering from MS Contin addiction and using it illegally at high doses are at increased risk of its adverse side effects. MS Contin, as any other type of morphine, can cause respiratory depression (slowed, even stopped breathing) which can lead to coma and even death.
MS Contin, as it is prescribed by a medical professional, is usually administered orally via a tablet. In cases of MS Contin addiction however, the user may smoke, snort, or inject the drug at higher doses to achieve heightened effects. MS Contin addiction and abuse presents itself in the user in the following signs:
- Anxiety and mood swings
- Decreased motivation
- Reduced appetite
MS Contin addiction, like any problem with substance addiction or otherwise, can cause non-physical, social problems in the user’s personal life. Relationships may suffer, they may get into financial trouble and trouble with their jobs. MS Contin addiction can develop very quickly and measures should be taken, even if taken as prescribed, to avoid the negative effects of MS Contin addiction.
Withdrawal symptoms of MS Contin
MS Contin is a potent opiate analgesic the degree to which the body can develop a dependency is profound. When a user suddenly stops taking the drug, especially if they have been abusing MS Contin, taking it regularly and at high dosages, withdrawal symptoms can be severe.
Withdrawal symptoms of MS Contin include:
- Body aches
- Muscle pain
- Runny nose
MS Contin Addiction and Abuse Detox Treatment
Treating MS Contin addiction and abuse, especially when long term abuse and severe physical dependence is present, medical MS Contin detox is often required. Withdrawal symptoms are often so uncomfortable and difficult to bear, users will often return to using the drug. MS Contin detox typically includes the use of medicine to help in relieving symptoms and weaning the user off of the drug.
In both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs, it is recommended that the individual, after completing MS Contin detox, receive counseling to treat any underlying psychological and social factors that may have led to addiction.
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