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MS Contin Abuse

Can Abuse Happen to Anyone?

Some people feel that anyone who takes MS Contin long enough will become addicted to it. However, most healthcare professionals believe that only some people are inclined toward drug or alcohol abuse, and only those people are at risk for MS Contin abuse. The problem is predicting who might develop a problem and who is not at risk. Having a prior history of drug or alcohol abuse, or even having a family history of such abuse, increases your risk for problems with MS Contin abuse. People with mental illnesses may also be at risk for drug or alcohol abuse, as drugs and alcohol can be used to "self-medicate" the mental illness symptoms.

MS Contin Abuse Versus Addiction

As a narcotic, MS Contin leads to physical dependence. However, physical dependence is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response to chronic use of the narcotic. The body becomes accustomed to the physical changes that MS Contin causes, and stopping the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms. This is not necessarily a sign of abuse.
Also, the body becomes "tolerant" to the effects of MS Contin, and more is necessary to produce the same pain-relieving effects. Again, this is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response. People who have been on narcotics for a long period of time can take an enormous dose that would lead to death in a first-time user.

Is It Abuse or Something Else?

People whose pain is not adequately controlled often display signs that mimic MS Contin abuse. For instance, if your prescription for MS Contin is not strong enough for your pain, you may display unusual changes in behavior due to the pain, or you may take your MS Contin more frequently than prescribed. If you feel your pain is not adequately controlled, please discuss this with your healthcare provider. However, many people start down the slippery slope of MS Contin addiction by using inadequate pain control as an excuse.
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