MS Contin Uses
MS Contin is used for treating moderate to severe pain in people who need continuous, around-the-clock pain medication. This prescription medication is a strong narcotic painkiller and is not meant for "as needed" use or for treating short-term pain. Most people who use MS Contin switch from other long-acting morphine medications or from short-acting morphine. This medication is not approved for use in children, and there are currently no off-label MS Contin uses.
What Is MS Contin Used For?MS Contin® (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription medication approved to treat chronic moderate to severe pain. It is a strong narcotic painkiller that should not be used to treat mild or short-term pain.
MS Contin is meant to be used around-the-clock at scheduled times, two or three times a day. It is not approved for "as needed" use (unscheduled use and only when needed). MS Contin is not appropriate for treating pain after a surgery, unless you were already taking MS Contin before the surgery. MS Contin is often used to treat cancer pain.
The highest strengths (100 mg and 200 mg) are not appropriate (and are even dangerous) for people who are unaccustomed to taking opioid medications, as they contain too much morphine for these people. In general, most people who take MS Contin switch from other long-acting morphine medications (or other similar drugs) or from short-acting morphine. Often, people need to take additional short-acting "rescue" painkillers in addition to MS Contin for "breakthrough" pain.
Because MS Contin contains morphine, it can be used (or rather, abused) inappropriately (see MS Contin Abuse).