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MS Contin Warnings and Precautions

Specific MS Contin Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking MS Contin include the following:
  • MS Contin tablets are designed to release morphine slowly over time. Do not dissolve, chew, or crush the tablets, as this could release too much medication, causing an overdose.
  • MS Contin is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see MS Contin Abuse). Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with MS Contin, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
  • The 100 mg and 200 mg strengths of this medication are only appropriate for people who are accustomed to taking opioid medications (who are "opioid tolerant"). MS Contin is only approved for around-the-clock use (not for occasional or "as needed" use) in people with chronic pain. It is not appropriate for short-term use.
  • The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intracranial pressure. MS Contin should only be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
  • MS Contin can cause slow and irregular breathing. In severe situations, this may cause life-threatening complications. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
  • MS Contin can cause a decrease in blood pressure, which can be especially dangerous if you already have low blood pressure.
  • Narcotics such as MS Contin are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to MS Contin (see MS Contin and Constipation). Let your healthcare provider know if you develop severe constipation, as this could be a sign of an intestinal blockage.
  • MS Contin can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
  • Like any other narcotic, MS Contin can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how MS Contin will affect you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
  • Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, epilepsy, gallbladder problems, pancreatic disease, or kidney disease, as MS Contin may not be the best choice for you.
  • MS Contin can potentially interact with several other medications (see MS Contin Drug Interactions).
  • MS Contin is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see MS Contin and Pregnancy).
  • MS Contin does pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see MS Contin and Breastfeeding).
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