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MS Contin Withdrawal

If you suddenly stop taking MS Contin (morphine sulfate ER), withdrawal symptoms may occur. Although symptoms may be unpleasant and uncomfortable, they are unlikely to cause life-threatening complications. Withdrawal symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, and sweating. If you are trying to stop taking MS Contin and withdrawal symptoms occur, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can help slowly wean you off the medication.

Withdrawal From MS Contin: An Overview

MS Contin® (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription narcotic pain medication. As with most narcotics, you may experience withdrawal symptoms if you abruptly stop taking the medication. Although withdrawal from MS Contin can be quite unpleasant, you can be assured that it is not a life-threatening problem. MS Contin withdrawal is possible in situations of abuse, as well as with normal, legitimate use of the drug.

Symptoms of MS Contin Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms from MS Contin can vary in intensity and may include:
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Dilated (wide open) pupils
  • Restlessness
  • Watery eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Backaches
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal (stomach) cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast breathing
  • A rapid heart rate.
Unlike withdrawal from alcohol and many other drugs, withdrawal from MS Contin is unlikely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

Why Does Withdrawal Occur?

Gradually, the body becomes accustomed to the many different effects of MS Contin. If you stop taking it too quickly -- or even if you lower your dose too abruptly -- withdrawal symptoms may occur. Withdrawal is a normal, predictable, physical response to stopping a narcotic; it is not necessarily a sign of abuse. MS Contin withdrawal can occur with chronic, legitimate use of the drug, as well as with MS Contin abuse.
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