Abuse PotentialMS Contin contains morphine, a commonly abused drug (see MS Contin Abuse). It is a good idea to keep this medication in a safe place, where it is unlikely to be stolen by others. Never let someone else take your medication. This medication provides a high dose of morphine that could easily result in death in someone who is not used to the medication. Also, it is very dangerous to inject this medication, as it contains inactive ingredients that can be quite harmful when injected into the bloodstream. People who abuse MS Contin and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms (see MS Contin Withdrawal).
- MS Contin comes in the form of an extended-release tablet. It is taken by mouth, usually every 8 or 12 hours, around-the-clock. It is not meant to be taken "as needed" (at unscheduled times and only when needed for pain).
- Never crush, chew, or dissolve the tablets, as this would release a dangerous amount of morphine. It is also dangerous to inject this medication, as it contains inactive ingredients that can cause damage when injected directly into the bloodstream. Never take a tablet that appears to be damaged in any way.
- It does not matter if you take the medication with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking the tablets with food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking the medication, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than a few days (see MS Contin Withdrawal).