MS Contin Dosage
Before prescribing a MS Contin dosage, your healthcare provider will consider several factors, such as how you respond to the drug, the severity of your pain, the type and dose of other painkillers you have taken, and other medical conditions you have. MS Contin comes in the form of an extended-release tablet that is taken around-the-clock, two or three times a day. You can take your dose of MC Contin with or without food.
The dose of MS Contin® (morphine sulfate ER) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type and severity of your pain
- How you respond to MS Contin
- The type and dose of other painkillers you have taken
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The starting dose of MS Contin your healthcare provider recommends will depend mostly on the dose and type of painkillers you were previously taking. For oral forms of morphine, a straight mg-per-mg conversion is recommended. Simply add up the total mg of morphine you take per day; this is the recommended MS Contin total daily dose, taken as two or three doses per day.
For injected morphine or any non-morphine painkillers, your healthcare provider will need to convert your current dosage to an appropriate MS Contin dosage. It is often best to underestimate (rather than overestimate) the dose initially, in order to avoid dangerous MS Contin side effects.
Your healthcare provider may also recommend a "rescue" medication (a short-acting painkiller) to use in addition to MS Contin for times when your pain is especially severe (known as "breakthrough pain," because it breaks through your baseline, long-acting painkiller).